SAMHSA’s 10th Annual National Prevention Week, a national health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders, kicked off across the country, took place from May 9-15, 2021. Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. 

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.

Monday, May 10: Preventing Prescription Drug & Opioid Misuse
Tuesday, May 11: Preventing Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse
Wednesday, May 12: Preventing Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use
Thursday, May 13: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes & Vaping)
Friday, May 14: Preventing Suicide

To learn more about NPW, please visit

Safe Harbor participates in this national event each year in various ways. This year, 125 parent handbooks “Talking with College Students About Alcohol”, were mailed out to families with Cohasset High School graduating seniors. (view the parent handbook here)

Participants in our Youth Ambassador program created informative bulletin boards inside Cohasset Highs School, and shared the images daily via social media.  Also, Youth Ambassadors hung flyers around town with facts on the harms of vaping, and passed out ribbons on Suicide Prevention Awareness day.

Additionally, as a NPW project, Abby Moy, a Cohasset High School junior, asked her peers the question “Have you had experience with alcohol or marijuana in the past and do u have any current incentive or reasoning that motivate you to refrain from these substances?”  Safe Harbor shared responses from Cohasset student athletes via social media. Check out these quotes and additional images from NPW below.