Issue Spotlight: National Prevention Week

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National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.  Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships.

This year's theme, "Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference.," emphasizes that the prevention of substance abuse and promotion of mental health starts with the choices each of us makes in our own life. 

Each day during National Prevention Week 2013 has a suggested theme that organizations and coalitions can use to guide the focus of community events: 

Date National Prevention Week 2013 Themes
Sunday, May 12 Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use (New for 2013!)
Monday, May 13 Prevention of Underage Drinking
Tuesday, May 14 Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
Wednesday, May 15 Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
Thursday, May 16 Suicide Prevention
Friday, May 17 Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being

Additional Resources

Resources are available to learn more about National Prevention Week and ways to help raise awareness about behavioral health issues.

Access resources that support the prevention of underage drinking, prescription drug abuse and illicit drug use, alcohol abuse, suicide, and the promotion of mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

Find out how National Prevention Week supports SAMHSA's Strategic Initiatives and the National Prevention Strategy.