National Prevention Week is just around the corner. This annual health observance is dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance misuse and mental health issues. From May 14-20, communities around the country will celebrate the power of prevention with the theme Making Each Day Count.
Since February, excitement for National Prevention Week 2017 has been building, with people rallying around the #PreventionPower campaign. They’ve shared inspiring social media posts about people living and supporting wellness.
At SAMHSA, we’re Making Each Day Count by focusing on the following prevention topics during National Prevention Week.
- Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use
- Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
- Prevention of Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
- Prevention of Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
- Prevention of Suicide
- Promotion of Mental Health and Wellness
We know that focusing on these health issues saves lives. That’s why SAMHSA is highlighting these six areas as daily themes during National Prevention Week 2017. As we get closer to National Prevention Week and throughout that week, SAMHSA will share prevention tools including technical assistance webinars, online tools, a national event webcast, and more.
I invite you to participate in National Prevention Week 2017. One way is to consider having your organization host a prevention-themed event during National Prevention Week. Previous events have ranged from 5K run/walks to health fairs and documentary screenings. There are so many types of events you can host—I encourage you to get creative! Whatever form your event takes, SAMHSA has provided resources to help you plan your event, from event ideas to federal prevention resources to planning checklists.
The National Prevention Week web page also includes promotional materials to help you brand your event and get the word out. Downloadable fact sheets, letterhead templates, e-signatures, and more are all available to you.
Other ways to get involved include:
- “Challenge” yourself. Visit https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week/prevention-power-challenge for information on the #PreventionPower challenge.
- Get involved. Listen to the archived NPW webinar, “How to Get Involved with National Prevention Week 2017
- Get excited. Watch the NPW promotional video
For more ideas on how your organization can promote mental health and wellness in the community, not just during NPW but year-round, sign up for the Prevention Works listserv at http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week.