How You Can Help Celebrate National Prevention Week May 21-26
The first-ever National Prevention Week (NPW), which will take place from May 20 to 26, 2012, is expected to bring communities together through local events that focus on the prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.
Find a local event in your community to raise awareness around these important behavioral health issues.
Each weekday of National Prevention Week, supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will focus on a suggested behavioral health topic. Communities are encouraged to promote any of these themes in their events throughout the week:
- Monday, May 21 – Prevention of Underage Drinking
- Tuesday, May 22 – Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
- Wednesday, May 23 – Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
- Thursday, May 24 – Suicide Prevention
- Friday, May 25 – Promotion of Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Well-Being
How else can you get involved during National Prevention Week 2012?
- Commit to a healthy lifestyle free of substance abuse by taking the Prevention Pledge in Spanish, and download and print copies for others in your community.
- Use fact sheets and information in the National Prevention Week Toolkit during and after National Prevention Week to help spread awareness about behavioral health issues. Additional Spanish-language resources are available as well.
Visit the National Prevention Week Web site for more information about how to get involved in this national observance, SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives and the National Prevention Strategy, and community and programmatic resources related to the five themes of National Prevention Week.
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