Do you ever wonder how organizations, businesses, and individuals know when a certain observance or awareness month, week, or day is? If so, below is a tailored list of observances for the month of June 2022 specifically for military, Veterans, and LGBTQ+ folx. We may issue graphics for some of the events listed below. Because there are so many events and awareness campaigns, the listing is not all-inclusive; that said, if you do not see something here, it’s not because it’s not important, it’s likely because it was unknown at the time of this post’s publication.
Monthly Awareness Campaigns
- Adopt A Cat: American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month® each June – a month that also marks the height of “kitten season,” when large litters of kittens are born and often end up in animal shelters.
- Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness: Worldwide, more than 55 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Join the Alzheimer’s Association in going purple and raising awareness this June. The more that people know about Alzheimer’s, the more action we inspire.
- Cataract Awareness: More than half of all Americans age 80 or older either have cataracts or have had surgery to remove cataracts, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that cataract is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Prevent Blindness has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month to educate the public on risk factors, symptoms, types of cataract, and cataract surgery.
- Great Outdoors: Great Outdoors Month in June beckons us to go out and explore all that nature has to offer. Celebrated all over the U.S., the month is dedicated to the country’s diverse landscapes, which boast dense forests, long winding rivers, tranquil lakes, rocky mountains, and much more. We are not only surrounded by so much technology every day, but the hubbub and the fast-paced life of the 21st century have left many of us drained of energy. Therefore, visiting and exploring the great outdoors will provide us with a much-needed new lease on life, both mentally and physically. As if the mental and physical benefits weren’t enough, celebrating Great Outdoors Month also boosts the GDP and creates more jobs. No matter where you live, you will find something fun to do in the outdoors with your loved ones.
- LGBTQ+ Pride: Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognizing the influence LGBT people have had around the world. Why was June chosen? Because it is when the Stonewall Riots took place, way back in 1969.
- National Aphasia Awareness: 2 million people in the United States have aphasia, but 84.5% of Americans state that they’ve never heard the term aphasia. This fact needs to change immediately to pave the way for better communication experiences for people living with aphasia. Get ready because it’s time for Aphasia Awareness Month.
- National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness: National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month is an annual observance held in June to increase awareness of CMV, the most common infectious cause of birth defects. CMV is the most common infectious cause of birth defects in the United States. About 1 out of 5 babies with congenital CMV infection will have birth defects or other long-term health problems, such as hearing loss. In 2011, Congress passed a resolution naming June “National CMW Awareness Month.” CDC takes this opportunity to increase awareness of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) among healthcare providers, pregnant women, and parents.
- National Employee Wellness: June is National Employee Wellness Month, and what a difference a year makes! Pandemic-related restrictions are slowly being lifted and life seems to be returning to some semblance of normalcy. There’s no better time to celebrate than this month when employees can once again get outside, resume their routines, and reconnect with friends and family.
- National Fireworks Safety: Fireworks Safety Month in June aims to spread information about the hazards associated with using fireworks unsafely. As the summer months roll around each year, firework sales skyrocket. People buy them for use at get-togethers, parties, barbeques, and so forth. Fireworks, therefore, have become synonymous with American culture and traditions. With that being said, they still pose quite a few dangers, some of which can result in severe injuries or even death. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year 10,000 people are injured due to fireworks. In 2017 alone, 12,900 individuals were injured, with eight people dying. About 50% of all reported injuries are of children and young adults under 20. Out of this, 45% of the affected children are under the age of 14. Incorrect usage as well as amateurs attempting to use professional-grade or illegal fireworks have also accounted for over 1,000 injuries. Fireworks used in unauthorized areas also lead to the destruction of land and properties.
- National Men’s Health: June is National Men’s Health Month! This month is all about encouraging the men in your life (including you, men out there!) to take care of their bodies by eating right, exercising, and working to prevent disease. The official symbol for the month is a blue ribbon and the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases including cancer, heart disease, and depression.
- National Migraine and Headache Awareness: June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM). This year’s theme is Advocate for Access. The headache, migraine and cluster communities work together for our diseases to be recognized. A disease awareness month plays a vital role to raise public knowledge, address stigma and build a stronger community of patient advocates. This website is a central hub about MHAM and the activities planned for the month — geared toward those living with headache diseases, their caregivers and the general public. Check out our blog posts written by advocates. Join us in advocating and spreading awareness!
- National Pet Preparedness: It’s important to make an emergency plan for your home to help keep members of your household out of harm’s way. It’s equally important to include your pets in your plans. They are totally dependent on you for their safety and well-being. The American Red Cross has steps you can follow to help keep your furry family members safe during a disaster.
- National PTSD Awareness: Even though PTSD treatments work, most people who have PTSD don’t get the help they need. June is PTSD Awareness Month. Help us spread the word that effective PTSD treatments are available. Everyone with PTSD—whether they are Veterans or civilian survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic events—needs to know that treatments really do work and can lead to a better quality of life.
- National Safety & Home Safety: Every year the National Safety Council promotes June as National Safety Month, an initiative that focuses on heightening awareness of important safety issues. NSC asks employers to help prevent workplace injuries and individuals to protect their loved ones from injury all year but uses the month to especially focus the message. Companies and organizations can become sponsors of different outreach efforts and involved in different ways.
- National Scleroderma Awareness: “Sclero” means “hard” and “derma” means “skin”. But hardening skin is just one of many symptoms scleroderma sufferers experience. Stiff joints, digestive issues, lung scarring, kidney failure—all can result. And sometimes be fatal. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease with no known cause and no cure. Research is vital, but because so few people are aware of the disease, our researchers don’t always get the resources they need. Learn more about scleroderma. Help us get the word out.
- National Scoliosis Awareness: National Scoliosis Awareness Month takes place yearly in June with the goal to highlight the growing need for pubic education, early detection and awareness about scoliosis and its prevalence within the community. The campaign also unites scoliosis patients, families, physicians, clinicians, institutions and related businesses in collaborative partnerships of local activities, events and grassroots networking throughout the month.
Weekly Awareness Campaigns
- June 12th – June 18th: National Flag Week
- June 13th – June 19th: National Men’s Health Week
- June 19th – June 25th: Lightning Safety Awareness Week
Awareness Days & Anniversaries
- June 5th: HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day
- June 6th: D-Day
- June 11th: California LGBT+ Veterans Day
- June 15th: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- June 12th
- June 14th: Flag Day
- June 19th
- June 20th: National American Eagle Day
- June 22nd: Leonard Matlovich Remembrance
- June 26th: LGBT+ Equality Day
- June 27th
- June 28th: Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots