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SAMHSA News Release

Date: 4/29/2014 10:30 AM
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

SAMHSA launches first Spanish-language web pages for National Prevention Week


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently launched a series of new Web pages in Spanish to engage the Hispanic/Latino community in SAMHSA’s third annual National Prevention Week -- a SAMHSA –supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of and action around substance abuse and mental health issues.

The Web pages provide resources in Spanish designed to make it easier for Spanish speakers to participate in this annual health observance. Visitors can now jump from English to Spanish content, a new feature added to SAMHSA’s redesigned website.

“In the United States, 37.6 million people aged five and older speak Spanish at home,” said Frances M. Harding, director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. “This new website reflects SAMHSA’s commitment to empowering more Hispanics and Latinos to prevent substance abuse and promote mental health in their communities.”

Resources available through the new suite of pages include promotional materials, instructions for participating in SAMHSA’s “Yo elijo” (“I Choose”) Project, Web badges, and a 15-second promotional video in Spanish about the observance.

For more information about SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week and how to get involved, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/semana-de-prevención (Spanish-language) and http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week (English), or contact David Wilson at david.wilson@samhsa.hhs.gov .


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.



Last updated: 4/29/2014 10:32 AM

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