January: Thyroid Disease, Glaucoma
April: Autism, Parkinson’s, Donate to Life, Alcohol Awareness
July: Natural Family Planning
October: Depression & Mental Health Screening
February: American Heart Month, National Donor Day (Feb. 14), Low Vision
May: Mental Health, Skin Cancer
August: Children’s Eye Health and Safety
November: Diabetes Awareness,
Hospice & Palliative Care
February also reminds us to take care of our hearts and consider our risk factors. Believe it or not, heart disease can happen at any age. However, some risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable. American Heart Month teaches us how we can help reduce our risks while eliminating those we have control over. Do you have one of these risk factors for cardiovascular disease? Obesity, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
February is Low Vision Awareness Month: Low vision affects millions of Americans, including many older adults in your community. Low vision can make it harder to do things like reading, shopping, or cooking. And standard treatments — like eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicines, and surgery — can’t fix it completely.
But there’s good news! Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision learn how to stay independent and make the most of their sight. Low Vision Awareness Month is a time to spread the word about about vision rehabilitation and how people with low vision can live full, active lives.
Observed every year on February 14th, National Donor Day is an observance dedicated to spreading awareness and education about organ, eye and tissue donation. By educating and sharing the Donate Life message, we can each take small steps every day to help save and heal more lives, and honor the donor’s legacy of generosity and compassion.
Being on our electronic devices too much can be bad for our health. This day is to encourage us to take some digital downtime.The National Day of Unplugging was created to spend time away from our screens for 24 hours and instead spend time in nature, connecting with loved ones, and relaxing.
National Day of Unplugging takes place over 24 hours from sunset on the first Friday in March. Can you unplug?
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.
Each April, National Donate Life Month helps to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which cause unintended or uncontrollable movements of the body.
A big part of the work of Alcohol Awareness Month is to point out the stigma that still surrounds alcoholism and substance abuse in general, along with education.
Mental Health Awareness Month: Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
Skin Cancer Awareness Month: As you head outdoors for warmer weather and fresh air, the AAD encourages you to #PracticeSafeSun. Follow these tips to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is observed in June as an opportunity to spread the word about and discuss Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Throughout the month, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages people around the globe to support the movement by wearing purple and training their brains to fight the disease.
Caregiver Support Group
Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. They also educate and inform participants about dementia and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems.
Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (second Tuesday of the month)
Additional Information: This caregiver support group formerly met in person at Second Reformed Church in Grand Haven, MI and is currently meeting by phone.
24/7 Helpline: (800) 272-3900
Prayer for Married Couples
Almighty and eternal God,
You blessed the union of married couples
so that they might reflect the union of Christ
with his Church:
look with kindness on them.
Renew their marriage covenant,
increase your love in them,
and strengthen their bond of peace
so that, with their children,
they may always rejoice in the gift of
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week: July 24 – 30, 2022: Called to the Joy of Love
Supporting God’s gifts of love and life in marriage
The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love, and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother. Pope Francis has designated that feast as World Grandparents Day, a fitting commemoration during National NFP Awareness Week!
Children are susceptible to a host of vision and eye problems such as injury, infection and increased nearsightedness. In support of Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in August, the American Academy of Ophthalmology provides information to the public that can help protect and preserve a child’s eye health for life.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Bruised and Wounded: Struggling to Understand Suicide with Fr. Ronald Rolheiser
Suicide Awareness is a growing initiative in our culture and our Church that reminds us to regularly check in with ourselves and with our loved ones, especially during seasons of stress, anxiety, or despair. Suicide prevention and offering comfort to those grieving a loss from suicide can be difficult to navigate. This page offers resources for hope and guidance for those who need it.
Preventing Suicide: Risk Factors, Warning Signs, Safety Plans and Hotlines:
Seven signs someone is at risk for suicide:
1. Talking about suicide
2. A bipolar or depression diagnosis
3. Drinking and drug use
4. Feelings of anxiety and guilt
5. Buying a firearm
6. Internet searches
7. Age, most common among adults 45-64
Bringing up the subject of suicide does not increase the chances that a person will become suicidal or be more likely to act on such thoughts. In fact, it is just the opposite. Understanding Suicide reviews the risk factors, warning signs, how to talk about suicide and how Pine Rest can help.
October is Depression and Mental Health Screening Month
Whether for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or depression, health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness and can reach people who might not otherwise seek professional medical advice. Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year. Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of healthcare. Take an online depression screening. MHA’s screening tools are free, anonymous, and confidential.