Ah yes, October is finally upon us. The month of trick or treatin’, German beer drinking, Breast Cancer Awareness month and more. Never a dull day this month!
This year, Malaysians will also look forward to celebrate Deepavali on 27 October. The Festival of Lights is a public holiday and yups, Monday is off so it’s another four-day work week.
Halloween is also happening end of the month so it’s a great time to give yourself a scare treat – catch a bunch of thrillers such as The Joker, The Addams Family, Terminator: The Dark Fate and Zombieland 2 in cinemas this month.
October is also a month for raising awareness like the following:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In 2018, two million people became statistics to breast cancer. Six women die from the disease every five minutes. Get in touch with Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia to know more about the disease and how you can do your part to raise awareness. Fun fact: The Pink Ribbon symbolises breast cancer so flaunt your best pink outfit as often as you can this month!
ADHD Awareness Month
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is very real but most people don’t even know they have it until much later in life! Children between ages six to 12 are usually diagnosed with ADHD, and some symptoms include forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, mood swings and extreme impatience. Paris Hilton, Michael Phelps and Adam Levine are among some celebrities living with ADHD!
Mental Health Awareness
Nearly 30 percent of the 4.2 million Malaysians aged 16 and above suffer from a kind of mental illness with two out of five individuals suffering from anxiety. Causes of mental health issues include traumatic experiences, genetics and modern technology i.e. cyber bullying and social media.
This year’s theme is Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention. If you know anyone who’s suffering from mental health issues, lend a helping hand.
A little help goes a long way!
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