September health awareness campaigns

(Last Updated On: August 25, 2019)

Have you noticed that we only find out about awareness days when it is too late to do anything? Well, here at Healthwatch Torbay we thought we would give you some prior notice of health awareness dates in September. We would also really like to hear from you about any activities you might be planning in Torbay or South Devon so that we can help publicise your events.

September, National Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Supported by some of the UK’s biggest blood cancer charities, including Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Anthony Nolan. September is the month to raise awareness of how to improve treatments for blood cancer and increase the number of lives saved.

10 September, World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. The sponsoring organisation, International Association for Suicide Prevention, the co-sponsor WHO and other partners, advocate for the prevention of suicidal behaviour, provision of adequate treatment and follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, as well as responsible reporting of suicides in the media.

14 – 20 September, Know Your Numbers! Week
Blood Pressure UK’s flagship blood pressure testing and awareness campaign encourages adults to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. This year around 250,000 free checks will be available across the UK.

14 – 20 September, Sexual Health Week
FPA provide a service which answers questions about sexual health for young people. They offer support to parents on how to educate their children about sexual health, as well as campaigning for better sexual health services, and the right for all young people to have access to education regarding appropriate relationships and sex education.

21-27 September, National Eye Health Week
National Eye Health Week (NEHW) is about healthcare professionals joining forces to encourage more people to have regular sight tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their vision and general wellbeing. NEHW raises awareness of how we can improve the UK’s eye health, contribute towards a reduction in avoidable blindness and enhance people’s everyday lives.

Don’t forget to tell Healthwatch Torbay about your local awareness events! Call us on 08000 520 029 or email


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!