October is Bullying Awareness Month

Did you know that October is designated Bullying Awareness Month?

Nationwide initiatives are taking place to raise awareness of this serious issue, to support those who have been targets of bullying, and to remember the lives of our children cut short by related suicide or violence.

Some initiatives include:

World Day of Bullying Prevention

(Promoted by StompOutBullying.org)

Thousands of schools across the country are participating on the first day of the month during the Blue Shirt World Day of Bullying Prevention.  Schools will be educating students about preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Unity Day on Wednesday, Octover 10.

Make it orange and make it end! Unite against bullying!
(Sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center)

What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about students who are bullied and want bullying to end, make your color ORANGE on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 10. That’s the day everyone can link together—in schools, communities and online—and send one large, ORANGE message of support to students who have experienced bullying.


Know about more Bullying Awareness Initiatives? Let me know!

Awareness Months – According to Whom, Exactly?

AND Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
AND, in some places, Energy Awareness Month! [TRUTH].

I have always wondered who makes the determination that a certain month is dedicated to different topics – breast cancer, AIDS, autism, bullying…

Is there a government agency who confirms these dates and causes? A master list of some kind? Can a person simply add their OWN month of awareness to our proverbial ‘consciousness calendar’?  (i.e. Fur Shedding Awareness Month).
For example, PACER has been credited for the designation of October as National Bullying Awareness Month:
“PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement.”
So sayeth PACER and Wikipedia, so it must be true. Right?

I’d love to have an answer to this question, and Google is just NOT providing me with it, even after extensive research (15 minutes) and interviews with several individuals (my boyfriend, and my roommate).

Please, if you have the answer, do tell.

I’d appreciate it.