Friday, May 16, 2014

National Prevention Week: Communities are the key to preventing teen drug use

Next week is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

What is prevention?  It is more than school-based programs and media campaigns.  This first video highlights organizations, programs, and communities that are working to prevent teen drug use and promote mental health in a variety of ways.

The video ends with a person defining "prevention" as "Community with a capital 'C'."  What does that mean?  This video provides an overview of how community-based prevention involves many people from a variety of backgrounds and addresses specific local conditions.

Prevention WINS receives funding from SAMHSA and members implement prevention activities based on community needs in NE Seattle.  Teen drug use prevention is a community problem that requires individuals and organizations throughout our community to provide support for healthy youth development.

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