National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders.
Prevention Happens Anywhere and Everywhere
Substance misuse prevention happens in a lot of places, spaces, and communities. That’s why we’re challenging you to take a selfie in the locations and environments where you are preventing substance misuse and suicide.
And, we know that prevention happens with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities, so your selfie can be by yourself or with a group of people. Just show us where prevention happens in your life!
Need some ideas? Prevention happens:
- When you decide to take your dog for a walk instead of going to a big party with illegal substance use
- When two people discuss their mental health in their living room in California
- When a community talks about the consequences of underage drinking in a real and honest way during a town hall meeting in Wisconsin
- When teens share ideas about how to avoid marijuana, e-cigarettes, and pills at parties in a classroom in New Mexico
Take the Prevention week challenge!!! Please print the sign below, and email a picture of you holding it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline May 16, 2020.
Download the #PreventionHappensHere sign (PDF | 6.8 MB)
Download the Prevention Challenge fact sheet (PDF | 254 KB)
Purpose of National Prevention Week
The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:
- Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs;
- Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and
- Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.
Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics.
The 2020 daily themes are:
Monday, May 11: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse
Tuesday, May 12: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
Wednesday, May 13: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
Thursday, May 14: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)
Friday, May 15: Preventing Suicide