National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. The observance brings together individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities through local events to promote substance abuse prevention and mental health. National Prevention Week 2014 will take place this year from May 18-24, 2014.
How can I get involved?
Commitment to National Prevention Week 2014 and its theme, Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future., starts with you and your organization. Here is how to get started:
- Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week to learn more about National Prevention Week 2014 and how you can get involved.
- Get in the spirit: watch the National Prevention Week 2014 promotional video. Share the video link and spread the word!
- Browse the Participant Toolkit to start gathering ideas for your event.
INFORM. Each day of National Prevention Week is dedicated to a specific health theme.
- Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use
- Prevention of Underage Drinking
- Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use Prevention of
- Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
- Prevention of Suicide
- Promotion of Mental Health
CONNECT. Connect with your colleagues to collaborate on raising awareness about Prevention Week themes.
PLEDGE. Join others and take the Prevention Pledge on SAMHSA’s Facebook page. Let colleagues, friends, and family know about the Pledge and encourage them to take it, too. This year, the Prevention Pledge features a new, digital “brick wall” component. By taking the Pledge, individuals of all ages can add their pledge brick to the growing brick wall. They also have the option of sharing their prevention story or a personal message.