There are a lot of awareness ribbons — trust us, we spent a lot of time putting together this list — and it can be challenging to know which colors are associated with which causes.
And bringing awareness to important issues is a part of both of those!
Variations of awareness ribbons have been used since the middle ages — but they gained significant popularity in the early 1900s when yellow ribbons were given to U.S. soldiers. Since then, awareness ribbons have been used to represent hundreds of causes — most notably pink awareness ribbons for breast cancer and red awareness ribbons for HIV/AIDS.
In this article, we’re specifically diving into what orange awareness ribbons mean and what causes they represent:
What do different orange ribbons mean?
Orange ribbons are most commonly used to show support or raise awareness for gun violence prevention and suicide prevention. However, they are also worn to show support for individuals who have experienced self-harm, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, spinal cancer, or kidney cancers, among other causes.
- ADHD Awareness
- Agent Orange
- Cultural Diversity
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
- COPD Awareness Month
- Gun Violence Prevention
- Harmony Day
- Kidney Cancer
- Motorcycle Safety
- Multiple Sclerosis
- National Suicide Prevention Month
- National Suicide Prevention Week
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Racial Tolerance
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
- Self-Injury Awareness Day
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Spinal Cancer
- Suicide Prevention
- United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
- Work Zone Safety
Ready to learn more about awareness ribbons and their meanings?
We’ve collected, curated, and organized hundreds of awareness ribbon colors and their meanings. You can dive into the meaning of every color under the rainbow (plus rainbow ribbons themselves) in our guide to awareness ribbon color meanings.