May is National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month. Here are tools to help you create awareness in your community.

Posted April 29th, 2017 by Canadian Hemochromatosis Society

Looking for ways to create awareness of hereditary hemochromatosis in your community this May? Wondering how to alert those at risk for this inherited disorder? Many who have symptoms of iron overload may not recognize them as such, so awareness is one important path to diagnosis.

Here are two simple tools to help increase awareness around you:

1. Print and hang this downloadable poster featuring the main character from our 3 minute explainer video. Hang the poster at your workplace, doctor’s office (ask permission first!), community bulletin boards, school, cultural centres, your favourite coffee shop, and other suitable locations.

Keep in mind as you pick your locations that hereditary hemochromatosis primarily affects people of Northern European and Celtic descent.

2. Write a letter to your local and regional paper proclaiming May as National Hemochromatosis Awareness Month.

Include your personal story to increase the chances of your letter being published. We’ve provided a template for a letter here.

We are also accepting requests for brochures. If you would like to distribute hemochromatosis brochures in your community to raise awareness, please send an email to or call us at 1 877 BAD IRON (1 877-223-4766) to let us know. Remember to provide us with your mailing address as we will send them via Canada Post.

Let us know if you have other ideas that will amplify the awareness of hereditary hemochromatosis, and we will share those ideas with others. Together we will iron out hemochromatosis! Thank you!