Monthly Awareness

Trillium Health Resources recognizes monthly awareness events sponsored by local or national organizations and agencies. By helping to publicize these events, we bring attention to these causes to help reduce stigma and share the need for behavioral health services to address them.

As a managed care organization, Trillium coordinates services for mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in 26 counties in eastern North Carolina. In addition to contracted services, Trillium promotes initiatives as part of its reinvestment plan—one-time funds that Trillium can spend locally as a result of savings by managing Medicaid funding and services efficiently and locally.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making Down syndrome the most common chromosomal condition. The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

disability_employment_awareness.pngHeld every October, NDEAM is a fitting time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The 2018 NDEAM theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

October 7 - 13 - Mental Illness Awareness Week

mental_illness_awareness_week.png Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have worked together to sponsor activities, large or small, to educate the public about mental illness.

In 2018, NAMI will promote the theme of "CureStigma" throughout all awareness events, including Mental Illness Awareness Week which takes place from Oct. 7–13.

October 10 - World Mental Health Day

world_mental_health.pngWorld Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

October 23 is Lock Your Meds® Day


Lock Your Meds® is a national multi-media campaign designed to reduce prescription drug abuse by making adults aware that they are the “unwitting suppliers” of prescription medications being used in unintended ways, especially by young people.

October 23 - 31 Red Ribbon Awareness Week: Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free.™

red_ribbon_week_0.pngSince its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.


Upcoming Events:

Out of the Darkness Walks
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

  • Onslow County Walk - Onslow Pines Park - Jacksonville, NC 
    Event Details
  • Wilmington Area Walk - Wrightsville Beach Park and Loop - Wilmington, NC 
    Event Details

October 20 - Cape Fear Buddy Walk
Help raise awareness and celebrate Down Syndrome. 

October 06 - Buddy Walk and Buddy Run!

Down Syndrome Network of Onslow & Carteret (DSNOCC) invites you for family fun, games auction and more! For more information, please contact Rebecca Droberg, at

For the list of all the events visits our events page.