Planning upcoming employee communications? See our list of key April dates & events, along with links to helpful resources. ESI EAP employee members also have access to counseling, coaching and a wealth of online self-help resources, including webinars, health assessments,locators for local child and elder-care, and much more.

April gets a bad rap for being the rainiest month of the year even though May and June frequently have higher totals. But regardless of records, we still like the folksy idea that April showers bring May flowers. It’s a month of the earth re-awakening after winter. Here’s a list of observances that occur in April that are mostly related to physical and mental health and well-being,

National Alcohol Awareness Month

  • April was designated as established as National Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism. It offers a focused opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery. Take the Test – Are You Addicted?
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) – supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. Health information for the general public and for teens, as well as for health care professionals.
  • Rethinking Drinking – provides evidence-based information about alcohol and health along with tips, tools, and resources for those who want to cut down on or quit drinking. It is produced by the NIAAA, a part of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Effects of Drinking on Your Health – an Alcohol Portal page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that offers information, fact sheets, FAQs, statistics, and more. See the Alcohol Use Screening Tool and Dietary Guidelines for Alcohol,

Financial Literacy Month

  • Financial Literacy Month – Financial Literacy Month is a nationwide, collaborative endeavor marked by a variety of activities and events across the country and throughout the month. It’s when our community celebrates achievements in improving the financial literacy of all Americans – especially our nation’s youth.
  • Money worries? April is Financial Literacy Month. Learn how ESI EAP can help
  • 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy – a free program of the nation’s certified public accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life.
  • – a collaborative effort by the three nationwide credit reporting companies have joined forces to make it easy for you to request your reports through a central website. It’s the only authorized way to get free credit reports.

Stress Awareness Month

  • April is recognized as National Stress Awareness Month to  bring attention to the negative impact of stress. Managing stress is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Knowing how to manage stress can improve mental and physical well-being as well as minimize exacerbation of health-related issues. These resources by the National Institute of Health are designed to help people recognize what stress and anxiety look like, take steps to build resilience, and know where to go for help.
  • Mental Health America says that stress is a natural part of life that can be positive or negative. They offer information on the physical and mental effects, warning signs for problems, pointers for controlling stress and more. Take the Stress Screener.
  • The CDC offers Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress.
  • Our HR Web Cafe blog post Feeling angry, stressed, or anxious? Get help!  talks about the importance of getting help and provides links to other posts on the topic of stress.

National Minority Health Month

  • National Minority Health Month is celebrated every year in April, with a goal of building awareness about the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in people from racial and ethnic minority groups and encourage action through health education, early detection and control of disease complications.
  • The CDC has resources on their Health Equity site including  Feature articles and Conversations in Equity Posts. National Minority Health Month is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH),  The focus is on improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities with culturally and linguistically competent healthcare services, information, and resources. When patients are provided with culturally and linguistically appropriate information, they are empowered to create healthier outcomes for themselves and their communities.
  • Much of the focus of materials and promotional information on this month are aimed at healthcare providers rather than consumers, such as the Center for Diversity and Health Equity from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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