September: Awareness Months & Holidays for Causes (2023)

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Every month, there are hundreds of national and international celebrations dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes.

For those working to bring attention to important topics, it can be challenging to keep track of the next relevant awareness event. We’re here to help.

At Good Good Good, we aim to help people feel more hopeful and do more good. For years we’ve privately curated a comprehensive list of important cause-themed holidays that we’ve used for creating content on our good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, our Goodnewspaper, and on this very website.

We’ve organized this list of special observances and events by month — and are making them public for the first time. Our hope is that this will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues.

Where applicable, we’ve included resources (usually good news around particular topics, action steps on how to make a difference, or relevant quotes) — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

The main days and months you should know about for September are:

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month September 1
Blood Cancer Awareness Month  September 1
National Food Bank Day 1st Friday
International Literacy Day September 8
R U OK Day September 9
World Suicide Prevention Day September 10
Hispanic Heritage Month September 15
International Day of Peace September 21
International Day of Sign Language September 23
National Public Lands Day 4th Saturday

September is the ninth month of the year and has 30 days. It marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Notably, it’s named after ‘septem’, the Latin term for seven, as it was originally the seventh month in the Roman calendar.

The month sees a change in foliage in the Northern Hemisphere, as leaves start to turn into beautiful autumnal colors.

Explore our comprehensive list of national and international months, weeks, days, and birthdays for the month of September:

September Celebrations:

Awareness Months

There are several awareness months celebrated in September — though the five that often get the most attention include Hispanic Heritage Month, Blood Cancer Awareness Month, Library Card Sign-up Month, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and World Alzheimer’s Disease Month.

Achalasia Awareness Month

Alopecia Awareness Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Read this good news story about how Instagram-famous “Doug the Pug” gives back to kids with cancer

Craniofacial Awareness Month

Falls Prevention Month

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Healthy Aging Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 to October 15

Read and share our guide on how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness Month

Library Card Sign-up Month

Read about all the reasons libraries are the best

Lymphoma Awareness Month

Microplastic Awareness Month

Mullets For Mental Health Month

Read this good news story about the Australians sporting mullets to raise money for mental health research

National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

National Guide Dog Month

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

National Recovery Month

National Save a Tiger Month

Good news! The number of endangered tigers has increased by 40%!

National Self-Care Awareness Month

Practice self-care with these self-care ideas and get inspired by these self-care quotes

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Checkout the Suicide Prevention Month action guide — and also read and share this collection of the best suicide prevention quotes

Orthostatic Tremor Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month

Listen to our podcast interviews with Ruthie Lindsey and Grace Theisen about their experiences dealing with chronic pain

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

World Alzheimer’s Disease Month

World Animal Remembrance Month

Awareness Weeks

Suicide Prevention Week

Week-long event in September

Explore our guide to Suicide Prevention Week actions and ideas

European Mobility Week

Week-long event in September

National Drive Electric Week

Week-long event in September

Climate Week

Week-long event in September, while the United Nations General Assembly is in session

Zero Waste Week

1st week of September

As you’re preparing for the holiday season, explore our guide to consumable gifts that help you reduce waste in your gift-giving

Bisexual Awareness Week

Starts on the Sunday before September 23

Ally Week

Last week of September

Sea Otter Awareness Week

Last week of September

International Week of the Deaf

Last week of September

National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week

Last week of September

Banned Books Week

Last full week of September

Read and share our guide to how to fight book bans during Banned Books Week and beyond


September 25 to October 8

What in the world is a Pizzamas? We created the ultimate guide to explain what Pizzamas is and how it gives back to charity.

Awareness Days

International Primate Day - September 1

Japan Dolphins Day - September 1

Anniversary of the End of World War II - September 2

World Beard Day - September 2

Every Woman Day - September 3

National Hummingbird Day - September 3

National Wildlife Day - September 4

Amazon Rainforest Day - September 5

International Day of Charity - September 5

National Food Bank Day - 1st Friday of September

International Day of Clean Air - September 7

World Duchenne Awareness Day - September 7

charity: water’s Birthday - September 7

Learn about the creative ways that kids are raising money and awareness for charity: water

National Iguana Awareness Day - September 8

International Literacy Day - September 8

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day - September 9

Civil Rights Act of 1957 - September 9

R U OK Day - September 9

Learn how to ask the hard mental health questions that could save a life

International Vulture Awareness Day - 1st Saturday of September

World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10

Read about how to support someone who’s struggling with suicide

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance - September 11

Read about the efforts being made to support 9/11 first responders

Celiac Disease Awareness Day - September 13

Positive Thinking Day - September 13

Read this curated collection of positive quotes — and make sure to subscribe to the Goodnewspaper for the best positive news

National Sober Day - September 14

International Day of Democracy - September 15

World Lymphoma Awareness Day - September 15

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - September 16

Constitution Day - September 17

WHO World Patient Safety Day - September 17

World Manta Day - September 17

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day - September 18

World Water Monitoring Day - September 18

Usher Syndrome Awareness Day - September 19

National Cleanup Day - 3rd Saturday of September

10th Anniversary of U.S. Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ - September 20

World Lymphoma Awareness Day - September 20

International Day of Peace - September 21

World Alzheimer’s Day - September 21

Zero Emissions Day - September 21

Anniversary of the Founding Gift of It Gets Better Project - September 21

Brazilian Arbor Day - September 21

Read the best quotes about trees to celebrate Brazil’s Arbor Day & read all of our good tree news

International Red Panda Day - 3rd Saturday of September

Puppy Mill Awareness Day - 3rd Saturday of September

Clean Up the World Weekend - 3rd weekend of September

International Golden Lion Tamarin Day - September 22

World Car-Free Day - September 22

Explore this list of ways to live and get around without a car

World Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Day - September 22

World Rhino Day - September 22

Read about the “smart park” protecting rhinos from poachers thanks to technology

National Elephant Appreciation Day - September 22

Celebrate Bisexuality Day / Bi Visibility Day - September 23

International Day of Sign Language - September 23

World Cancer Research Day - September 24

Bluebird of Happiness Day - September 24

World Gorilla Day - September 24

Read about how the population of endangered mountain gorillas has grown by 71% in a decade

Fish Amnesty Day - 4th Saturday of September

National Public Lands Day - 4th Saturday of September

Read and share this guide on how to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Plus — visit a national park for free today and explore our list of the best national park quotes.

International Ataxia Awareness Day - September 25

Mesothelioma Awareness Day - September 26

World Environmental Health Day - September 26

World Cassowary Day - September 26

Alpaca Day - September 26

National Shamu the Whale Day - September 26

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - September 27

National Crush a Can Day - September 27

World Day of Migrants & Refugees - September 27

Read good news about refugees and get involved with a refugee organization in your state

World Rabies Day - September 28

World News Day - September 28

Practice better news-consumption habits by learning how to read the news (and don’t forget the good news!)

World Heart Day - September 29

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste - September 29

Learn about how to reduce food waste

World Rivers Day - Last Sunday of September

National Previvor Day - Last Wednesday of September

Listen to our podcast interview with Paige More, founder of The Breasties

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Last Friday of September

Save the Koala Day - September 30

Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day - September 30

Notable Birthdays

Birthdays of leading activists, nonprofit leaders, and other world-changers born in the month of September:

Keanu Reeves’ Birthday - September 2

Freddie Mercury’s Birthday - September 5

Claudette Colvin’s Birthday - September 5

Ruby Bridges’ Birthday - September 8

Tarana Burke’s Birthday - September 12

Chuck Panozzo’s Birthday - September 20

Van Jones’ Birthday - September 20

Billy Porter’s Birthday - September 21

Betty Reid Soskin’s Birthday - September 22

Mark Hamill’s Birthday - September 25

Saint Francis of Assisi’s Birthday - September 26

You might also like: The Best September Quotes

Explore More Events:

Main Awareness Calendars: All Awareness Holidays | Heritage Months | International Days

More Awareness Calendars:  Animals | Pets | Environment & Sustainability | LGBTQ+ | Black & African American | Mental Health | Disability | Cancer | HIV/AIDS

Awareness Days & Months: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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