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Originally published on 7th October 2016 Last updated on 24th February 2020
The below dates and events are listed here for ease, so that we have all the relevant events to hand, in which we can raise awareness of thyroid disease and various related topics.
Is always held in January
Is always held in March. It’s often referred to as ‘National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month’, focusing on the US, but I believe we should make it an international event, so I refer to it as simply Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month.
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It was from the 25th May – 31st May in 2019 and should be similar dates in future years.
– World Thyroid Day is always on the 25th May
A very popular annual event.
Is always held in September
Always on 10th September. Mental health and thyroid conditions are very closely linked.
– Invisible Illness Awareness Week
It was from the 26th September – 2nd October in 2016 and should be similar in future years.
– Thyroid UK’s Thyroid Awareness Week
The charity Thyroid UK celebrate Thyroid Awareness Week in October
– World Head and Neck Cancer Day
It was on the 27th July in 2018 and I suspect a similar day in future years.
Always held in October.
Always on 10th October.
If you believe I’ve missed any relevant awareness weeks/months/days etc. then please do let me know.
Rachel Hill is the highly ranked and multi-award winning thyroid patient advocate, writer, speaker and author behind The Invisible Hypothyroidism. Her thyroid advocacy work includes authoring books, writing articles, her email newsletters, blogging and speaking on podcasts, as well as being a founding board member for the American College of Thyroidology and The WEGO Health Patient Leader Advisory Board. Rachel has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Yahoo, MSN, ThyroidChange and many more. She is well-recognised as a useful contributor to the thyroid community and has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work and dedication. She has authored two books: ‘Be Your Own Thyroid Advocate‘ and ‘You, Me and Hypothyroidism‘. Rachel is British, but advocates for thyroid patients on a global scale.