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October Health Observances


Monthly Observances

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
Raise awareness about safe infant sleep to help WIC parents reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. 

National Dental Hygiene Month
 Raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and educate expectant mothers and parents of young children

Day and Week Observances

Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1-7 annually)
Raise awareness of mental illness and the impact of maternal and child depression among the WIC population.

National Depression Screening Day (first Thursday of October)
Learn more about the role WIC staff can play in screening women with or at risk for depression and making appropriate referrals.