Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month

This May is a chance for Australians to understand a little more about what it is like to live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many people living with these illnesses stay silent about the day-to-day issues they face but during May, we can help them speak up.

2022 “IBD has no age”

This May let’s band together, start conversations about inflammatory bowel disease and spread awareness and understanding of Crohn’s and colitis.

Imagine needing to know where the nearest toilet is every time you leave home just in case it’s urgent! This is just one small aspect of what it can be like living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. 

It takes guts to talk about Crohn’s and colitis, so this May let’s band together, start conversations about inflammatory bowel disease and spread awareness and understanding of these lifelong incurable conditions.  

More than 100,000 – or 1 in every 250 Australians live with these serious gut conditions that are on the increase.  

2021 “You’ve Got Guts”

It takes guts to talk about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and this May Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) will be raising awareness in support of people living with these lifelong illnesses.

This May is a chance for Australians to understand a little more about what it is like to live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many people living with these illnesses stay silent about the day-to-day issues they face but during May, we can help them speak up.

By as early as next year, there is expected to be over 100,000 Australians living with Crohn’s or colitis – lifelong, incurable conditions that are on the increase. For every person diagnosed, not only are their lives changed forever but also the lives of their family and friends.

Our ambassador: Justan Singh

2020 “You’re Not Alone”

This May Crohn’s & Colitis Australia celebrates 35 years of support for people living with inflammatory bowel disease, with the overarching theme reminding the community “You’re Not Alone”.

With mental health becoming more important than ever following the onset of a global pandemic, it’s important to know You’re Not Alone in day-to-day life when dealing with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis – whether as a patient, carer, friend or family member.

Join CCA’s 35 year celebration and help raise awareness for Crohn’s and colitis throughout May 2020!

2019 “Flush The Stigma”

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia plans to help #FlushTheStigma during May 2019 – Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Month.

Research released by Crohn’s & Colitis Australia in 2019 reveals that 1 in 2 Australians living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis experience psychological distress associated with these chronic illnesses.

Many people aren’t routinely assessed and lack access to services to support their physical and mental wellbeing.

Learn how you can get involved as we explore the impact of inflammatory bowel disease on psychological wellbeing, with a range of resources available and several important events coming up throughout May.

Our ambassador: Amy Benn

2018 “Let’s Talk IBD”

Throughout May, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia (CCA) will help raise awareness of IBD, encouraging Australians diagnosed with IBD to join a conversation about the challenges of this invisible disease.

Few people really understand the impact this chronic disease can have, not only on physical health but also on mental wellbeing.

In 2018 we’ve got lots planned for educating the general public about the physical and mental impact of living with these conditions.

Read on to find out how you can take part in the Awareness Month.

Our ambassador: Jacinta Parsons

2017 “Live Fearless”

This year our awareness campaign is focused on increasing greater understanding of Crohn’s and colitis in the community while encouraging Australians diagnosed with IBD to live fearlessly without letting their disease come in the way of their dreams.

We want to spread the message far and wide this May but it’s only with you by our side can we continue to raise awareness and funds required to develop new support programs, conduct research and make lives a little more liveable for people living with IBD.

Help us make some noise by joining the Awareness Month campaign and share the ‘Live Fearless message to show your support for IBD patients.

Our ambassador: Tahlia Giumeli

2016 “How do you view the loo?”

On World IBD Day, 19 May, we will be shining a light on IBD in partnership with several public buildings and attractions around the country offering to light up in support of CCA.

As founding members of World IBD Day, we continue to support our international colleagues and stand united with them as part of the global campaign to raise awareness of IBD.

We are using this year’s hashtags #unitedwestand2016 and #worldibdday2016 on promotional material and you can visit www.worldibdday.org to view a map of the world where you will see all the places that have agreed to join World IBD celebrations.

Learn more about how you can be part of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Month in May 2016.