Caught Unaware?

Caught Unaware?

Rockila Young

November 7, 2019

It seems as if almost every month comes with a push for awareness. Some months offer awareness about more than one subject. In addition to awareness months, there are also awareness weeks and days celebrated nationwide and worldwide. For example, October features Bullying Prevention Month, Mental Health Awareness Week, and World Mental Health Day.

Most awareness months, weeks and days began at the proclamation of a president. What would inspire a president to spread awareness about a subject that may or may not have anything to do with them? The answer is very simple, and it’s because we need to know what is happening in the world around us and to the people around us. We need to know that such things as bullying and mental health struggles are real and can happen to anyone. Spreading awareness is one of the most helpful and positive things we can do for this world. It may not seem like much, but people’s lives have changed because more people have become aware of what other people in the world are going through due to others educating themselves and sharing their newfound knowledge. Making people aware is the only way things are going to change. If you don’t know about something, how could you do something about it?

While it might seem a bit random that awareness topics are broken up into different months, weeks, and days, it makes it easier for people to organize and plan events. Walks, inspirational and educational speeches, and fundraisers are just some of the events people tend to plan to spread awareness. These events have helped people in the past and will help them again in the future. Fundraisers help raise money for research, speeches give people hope and information and other events help people find a community and know they are not alone. It may seem like people just ignore these awareness events, but every year more people become aware and willing to help spread knowledge to more people.

Technology has taken spreading awareness to a new level. Not only do people help spread awareness by having physical events, but now social media is involved. As many people know, younger generations are heavily into technology, the internet and social media. Some people post pictures or personal, inspirational posts to help spread awareness. Also, social media sites themselves are helping get the word out. For example, the application Snapchat has filters that pertain to whatever awareness topic is the highlight of the month, week or day. When your birthday is near, Facebook gives you the option to raise money for a charity that means a lot to you. Being aware is becoming the new “it” thing, so make sure to join the trend. Stay aware and spread awareness.

Rockila Young is a senior studying professional writing with a concentration on editing and publishing and a passion for creative writing. She one day wishes to be a published novelist and chief of editing. While having a passion for writing, she loves children and is currently working in childcare. You can follow her on instagram @r.o.c.k.i.e