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 of the nation. One of their most leading 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 on the third week of May because summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities. These activities can be used to promote awareness especially since its celebrations such as parties, proms, weddings and more where teens are first confronted with substance abuse. According to SAMHSA’S National Drug Survey during the months of April and May marijuana and alcohol use increases among the youth. Having NPW also helps to teach children and teens important prevention information they can incorporate and use when they go back to school.
Goals of National Prevention Week
- Involve communities in raising awareness and implanting prevention strategies
- Foster partnerships with other organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health
- 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 best bet to give back to get involved will be to search for 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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