What is National Prevention Week?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. that takes charge of the public health efforts to advance the behavioral health if the nation. One of their most recognized campaigns is their annual National Prevention Week (NPW)! This week from May 15-21 is used to promote the awareness of behavioral health issues and addiction.
National Prevention Week is held every year during the third week of May. Summer is a season filled with many celebrations and recreational activities. These activities can easily be used to promote awareness especially since events such as parties, proms, weddings and more are where substance abuse often occur. According to SAMHSA’S National Drug Survey the months of April and May are when marijuana and alcohol use increases among the youth. Having NPW helps to teach children and teens important prevention information they can incorporate and use during summer vacation and when they go back to school.
Goals of National Prevention Week
1. Involve communities in raising awareness and implanting prevention strategies
2. Foster partnerships with other organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health
3. Promote quality behavioral health and addiction resources or publications
How can you or your community get involved?
During the National Prevention Week various communities and organizations around the nation will hold health fairs, block parties, educational workshops, memorial walks and social media campaigns. Your chance to be involved will be to search for upcoming NPW community activities in your area. Other ways to participate is to use the tag #NPW2016 and #StrongerTogether in your social media posts.
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