May is PFD Awareness Month
Each May, we celebrate Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) Awareness Month, both in the United States and around the world. This year, we are celebrating our 5th PFD Awareness Month with a fundraising campaign, Call it PFD: Feed the Cause. Learn how you can get involved!
In 2022, governors of 6 states proclaimed that May 2022 be observed as PFD Awareness Month. Click here to see the 2022 PFD Awareness Month Report. Take a look at the following map to see the states that are observing PFD Awareness Month this year.
PFD Awareness Month takes a village, and we need you to help spread the word! Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Become a PFD Awareness Month Champion. This year, we are hosting our first-ever PFD Awareness Month Campaign: Feed the Cause. We need you to help us spread the word!
- Buy a PFD Awareness Month shirt. Post a photo wearing your shirt with the tag #CallItPFD to your social media.
- Spread the word. Share PFD Awareness Month on your social media. Use this link to find English and Spanish graphics that are ready to post!
- Learn about PFD. Read about the power of a diagnosis in these PFD Stories or share your own.
- Become a sponsor. Support the Call if PFD: Feed the Cause event.
Help us celebrate other related May awareness opportunities
Better Hearing & Speech Month
The American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) founded and designated May as national
Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) in 1927. This time-honored tradition is an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and available treatment options that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems speaking or hearing. Prevalence of speech and language disorders as well as pediatric feeding disorder are all among the most common conditions that young children experience. Unfortunately, the misunderstanding or lack of knowledge in each of these areas often result in a delayed diagnosis of a disorder that is highly treatable—particularly when caught early. All of these issues are often dismissed, confused, untreated or misdiagnosed. It is important to raise awareness about PFD and BHSM together as so many of our feeding therapists are also Speech-Language Pathologists and feeding and speech are interrelated.
Food Allergy Awareness Week
Over 5.6 million children have life-threatening food allergies. Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 14-20) serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of food allergies while also bringing the food allergy community together.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, National Alliance on Mental Illness joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. For 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI will continue to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone.”
National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week honors the contributions and sacrifices of nurses. It is celebrated between May 6 and May 12.