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Announcing National Prevention Week

(3/20/2012)

National Prevention Week is a new annual health observance supported by SAMHSA that celebrates the work that community organizations and individuals do year-round to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

National Prevention Week will take place May 20-26, 2012 and this year's theme is We are the ones. How are you taking action?

How Can I Get Involved?
This health observance is an opportunity for community members to learn more about behavioral health issues and get involved in prevention efforts that continue throughout the year.

Prevention involves both large and small actions - such as volunteering, participating in community organizations or healthy activities, and talking to youth and neighbors - which together contribute to healthier and more vibrant communities.

Host an Event
SAMHSA encourages communities to host events during National Prevention Week 2012 that:

• Celebrate the power of prevention;
• Raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health issues;
• Build support for wellness and prevention practices; and
• Promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

National Prevention Week 2012 Themes
Monday, May 21: Prevention of Underage Drinking
Tuesday, May 22: Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
Wednesday, May 23: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
Thursday, May 24: Suicide Prevention
Friday, May 25: Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being

Learn more about Prevention Week: http://www.samhsa.gov/preventionweek/about.aspx


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