Various Awareness campaigns in April

Stress Awareness, 1st – 30th April

Stress Awareness Month takes place throughout the whole of April. This year, the Stress Management Society is promoting a 30-day challenge in which every day you do something to improve your physical, mental or emotional wellbeing. This challenge aims to reduce the overall stress that people may feel in their day-to-day lives, and helps to teach techniques that reduce stress which you can use in your daily life after the challenge.

If you’re feeling stressed, there are steps you can take to help yourself feel better. These can include techniques as simple as going for a walk, trying meditation, eating a little bit healthier or spending time with friends and family. If you’re finding stress unmanageable, then it’s important to speak to your GP.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, 1st – 30th April

It’s important to check for testicular cancer regularly and to be aware of any changes. It’s important to check your testicles for size, weight and any new lumps that might appear. You should see a doctor if you notice any pain, heaviness or other changes that you know aren’t normal. If you’re concerned that you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, then it’s important to book an appointment with your GP practice.

If you’re concerned about testicular cancer, or know someone who has been diagnosed with the condition, you can find out more at the Testicular Cancer UK website. If you’re concerned that you may have symptoms of testicular cancer, making an appointment with your GP practice is vitally important.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month, 1st – 30th April

Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an opportunity to spread awareness about the disease and support victims. Symptoms such as trembling, stiffness and rigidity are usually key symptoms of the disease. Symptoms normally start slowly and on one side of the body and then usually spread in time to the other side of the body. Get involved by attending a local fundraising event to show your support, and make sure everything is okay and you don’t ignore any potential signs.

IBS Awareness Month, 1st – 30th April

Irritable Bowel Syndrome affects between 5 and 10% of people worldwide; however, many people are completely unaware that they even have it. There are ways to get involved, such as downloading the IBS toolkit, joining IFFGD to help raise awareness, and advocating for gut health.

Symptoms of IBS can include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. If you’re worried that you might be suffering with any or a number of these symptoms, then it’s important to get in touch with your GP and arrange a check-up.