Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
Here is a Fact Sheet about Alcohol and other Drugs in the Workplace that looks at the prevalence, the risk factors, the costs and more. There are many other resources on the site that can be sued for communications – including these self-assessment quizzes:
Am I Alcoholic?
Am I Drug Addicted?
National Autism Awareness Month
“Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides.”
The Autism Society is marking its 50th year of service and offers many resources. Learn more about symptoms and living with autism.
Distracting Driving Awareness Month
The National Safety Council (NSC) says: “Eighty percent of American drivers believe hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. But that is just not the case. More than 30 studies show hands-free devices are no safer because the brain remains distracted by the conversation. When talking on a cell phone, drivers can miss seeing up to half of what’s around them, such as traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrians.
The NSC link above offers fact sheets, posters and infographics
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
More than a quarter of a million people are sexually assaulted each year in the U.S. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) offers information and resources. In the business environment, a way to commemorate the month might be holding harassment trainings.
Additional areas of focus in April
National Minority Health Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Youth Sports Safety Month
National Donate Life Month
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
April 6-12 – National Public Health Week
The theme for this year is “Healthiest Nation 2030” because the public health community is rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation — by 2030.
April 7 – World Health Day
April 28 – Workers Memorial Day
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