As many organizations are looking to strengthen community, build a sense of belonging, and create equitable and inclusive work environments, it helps to be mindful of year-round special observances. These times of recognition prompt organizations to think deeper than communication and social media campaigns. They serve as a reminder and an opportunity for leaders to take a closer look at how the organizational environment, policies, practices, and culture foster inclusion and create equity for all and assess areas of improvement for meaningful change.
Below is an overview of November special observances to build awareness, respect, and understanding on areas that impact individuals, families, organizations, and communities:
- National Family Caregivers Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. To learn more, visit: November is National Family Caregivers Month.
- Native American Heritage Month also known as National American Indian Heritage Month is dedicated to acknowledging and honoring the rich traditions, diverse cultures, contributions, and histories of Native people. Learn more at National Native American Heritage Month and Native American Heritage Month | Smithsonian Institution (si.edu).
- National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is a time to heighten awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and show support for the more than 6.2 million Americans living with it. Learn more at A Proclamation on National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, 2022 | The White House and Alzheimer’s Foundation of America | Alzheimer’s Awareness Month (alzfdn.org).
- Veterans Day (November 11), originally known as Armistice Day, is a federal holiday in the United States that honors military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Learn more at Veterans Day – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (va.gov) and Recognizing and Supporting Our Veterans.
- Transgender Awareness Week (November 13-19) is intended to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face. Learn more at Transgender Awareness Week | GLAAD.
- Giving Tuesday (November 28) is recognized on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to give back in whatever ways they can. Learn more at United States – GivingTuesday.
While this list focuses on many of the mental health and well-being observances recognized in November, it does not cover every potential special observance across all topics and audiences. For clients looking for any other resources or support, please reach out to your account manager for assistance.
If your organization is interested in professional and personalized support on ways to make meaningful change in these areas, it may help to speak with an organizational consultant. To learn more, visit Organizational Development.