November 2017 Mental Health Awareness

November includes N-24 Awareness Day

Along with Advocacy & Awareness
for many other mental health (and related) issues

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part of the ADD/ADHD Cormidities series

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

Each month is peppered with a great many special dates dedicated to raising awareness about important emotional, physical and psychological health issues that intersect, exacerbate or create problems with cognition, mood and attention management.

ALL great blogging prompts!

As October comes to a close, it is almost time for a brand new month filled with days designed to remind us all to help spread awareness and acceptance to help overcome the STIGMA associated with “invisible disabilities” and cognitive challenges — as well as to remain grateful for our own mental and physical health as we prepare for the upcoming holidays.

Mark your blogging calendars . . .

. . . and start drafting your own awareness posts to share here. Scroll down for the November dates, highlighting important days and weeks that impact mental health — as well as those remaining active for the entire month. (The calendar is not my own, btw, so not all mental health awareness events linked below are included ON the calendar.)

If I’ve missed anything, please let me know in the comments below so that I can add it to the list.

Attention Bloggers: If you write (or have written) an article that adds content to any of these categories — or other mental health related days in November — please leave us all a link in the comment section. I will move it into its appropriate place on the list in the article, or into the Related Content section.  It will remain for next year’s calendar as long as the link works.

And please feel free to reblog this post if time runs short.

Awareness in November

Remember, mental health & attentional challenges are NOT always genetic.

The attentional struggles you will hear or read about most frequently are exhibited by individuals diagnosed with one of the ADD/ADHD varietals, usually associated with a genetic component – but EVERYONE struggling with mental health issues, TBI and addiction has attentional struggles that ride the draft.

Related Posts:
Attentional struggles? Not ME! (wanna’ bet)
Types of Attentional Deficits

Almost everyone experiences situational deficits of attention and cognition any time the number of events requiring our attention and focus exceeds our ability to attend. Situational challenges are those transitory lapses that occur whenever our ability to attend is temporarily impaired – when there are too many items competing for focus at the same time.

Just a FEW Examples:

Cognitive lapses and attentional struggles frequently occur when the brain is temporarily impaired or underfunctioning due to:

  • Medication, alcohol or other substances
  • Grief or other strong emotional responses
  • Stress, especially prolonged stress
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Too much to do and too little time (juggling problems)

NOW let’s take a look at what else for which November is noted.

Don’t forget that you can always check out the sidebar
for a reminder of how links work on this site, they’re subtle ==>

Awareness and Advocacy Dates for November

Remember: If you write (or have written) an article that adds content to any of these categories, feel free to leave a link in the comment section and I will move it into its appropriate category.

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s Disease: Time to Take a Closer Look
(Excellent Info-graphic & article)

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At that time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s.

SINCE THAT TIME, a little less than 3.5 decades later, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million – over a million more every decade in the US alone.

Related Posts on this site:
You Don’t HAVE to Lose it as you Age
Good news on brain-aging from The Nun Study
CRS – Mechanisms of Memory – Coaching for those Senior Moments
Executive Functioning & Diseases of Aging


National Family Caregivers Month
Caregiver Action Network
(Honoring all the family and friends who do
whatever they can and whatever they must to help)

Autistics Speaking DayNovember 1
Autistics Speaking Day

World Kindness Day – November 13, 2017
(included to remind us all that STIGMA,
judgment and “tough love” are unkind)

Veterans Day – November 11, 2017
(included to remind us all to honor the brave men and woman
who keep us safe at home –
MANY of whom are struggling with PTSD)

Related Posts on this site:
When Fear Becomes Entrenched & Chronic
Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) Awareness

American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Association
. . . and . . .
World Diabetes Day – November 14, 2017
(included NOT ONLY because I lost 2 siblings to diabetes,
but because we all need to be aware that fluctuating blood sugar
can manifest in mental health challenges – attention as well as mood)

International Day for Tolerance – November 16, 2017
(included because intolerance is undeniably NUTS!)

The Great American Smoke Out – November 16, 2017
the third Thursday in November – a week before Thanksgiving
(included because smoking is seriously rotten for your brain)

Related Post on this site:
Smoking and ADD – why it’s so HARD to quit

International Survivors of Suicide Day – November 18, 2017
(always the third Saturday in November)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Related Posts on this site:
Suicidal Kids linked to ADD/ADHD more than Depression
Focus on Suicide Prevention

Non-24 Sleep/Wake DisordersNovember 24th Duh! — The Website of the Circadian Sleep Disorders Network

Related Posts on this site:
When Your Sleep Clock is Broken
Non-Profit Supporting Broken Sleep Clock

Living with JetLag: JetLagged for LIFE – my own story
November 24 is N-24 Awareness Day
Sleeping with the Enemy: Mom’s N-24 – Tink’s post

International Day for Elimination of Violence against WomenNovember 25th
UN Site for Violence against Women Elimination
Read the history of this day on ‘s Site
(John’s Believe it or NOT)

ADD Poster Girl Day – November 29th!!!
Okay, so it’s my birthday
but it’s a good way to remind everyone that I don’t write these posts
from a lofty perch in some well-appointed ivory tower.


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Check bottom of Home/New to find out the “sharing rules”
(reblogs always okay, and much appreciated)

Thanks to Terri Mauro, Parenting Special Needs Expert from the site for many of the links that formed the genesis of the Awareness articles. Other links to other lists can be found below (in the Related Content section at the bottom of the majority of my articles), with my appreciation.

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There’s a lot to know, a lot here already, and a lot more to come – in this Series and in others.
Get it here while it’s still free for the taking.

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You might also be interested in some of the following articles
available right now – on this site and elsewhere.

For links in context: run your cursor over the article above and the dark grey links will turn dark red;
(subtle, so they don’t pull focus while you read, but you can find them to click when you’re ready for them)
— and check out the links to other Related Content in each of the articles themselves —

Related articles right here on
(in case you missed them above or below)

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

40 Responses to November 2017 Mental Health Awareness

  1. So important! And excellent writing, as always! Mental Health is so crucial, and I want to thank you for all you’re doing! 💖💖

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  2. Thanks Madelyn for adding my infographic link to this page! Keep up the good work!

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  3. Christy B says:

    I’m so glad you do these monthly calendar posts as you set out what’s to come so we can make the most of those special awareness days. I’m sorry to read that you lost two siblings to diabetes. My uncle passed away far too soon and he had severe diabetes. On a lighter note, it’s your birthday month, yay! 🙂

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  4. Norah Colvin says:

    Great post, Madelyn. I really appreciate your introductory quote. We do need to remember that every little bit we do may be a whole lot to somebody else and contributes enormously to the greater good. I appreciate the contribution you are making to a more positive society with the promotion of education, kindness and compassion.
    I also include a calendar of dates in my monthly newsletters. They are the ones that I think will be of most interest to educators. I have included many of the ones on the calendar, but not so many in your list. I have an additional one to add on 25 November – International Day for Elimination of Violence against women.
    I see there is another day this month that requires a special observance on 29 – your birthday! Enjoy your special month in the lead up to your day. I hope many many good things are in store for you.
    Best wishes,

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  5. dgkaye says:

    You’re such a gem M, with your tireless posting for all the awareness causes and for the time and effort you put into each and every one of your articles. Shared around. ❤ xx

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  6. paulandruss says:

    Madelyn, this is such a caring thing to do providing this heads up for people. Wot a star U R!

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  7. Ann Coleman says:

    Thanks for that quote! I love it, and it is one I needed to hear today. Sometimes being “just one” can feel depressing, until I remember to take the “just” away. I can’t do it all, but I can make a difference….

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  8. mike2all says:

    Inspiring blog, mgh!

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  9. Love your calendar; thank you for bringing these dates up to people’s attention every month!

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  10. Thank you very much for this overview, Madelyn! And once more we can say: In the USA there is the right view on it. Have a great week. 😉 Michael

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  11. Madelyn I really appreciate the work you are doing on your blog. Mental Health Awareness is the need of the hour. Thanks

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