National Prevention Week 2016, May 15-21

Community Events

Learn about community events around the country to inspire your own efforts for National Prevention Week.

Communities in Action Yearbook

There are many ways to get involved in SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week. Get inspiration from organizations and communities that have held successful, creative prevention events to support the health and well-being of their communities through the Communities in Action yearbook (PDF | 1.8 MB)!

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2015 Events

Check out the list of events below to learn more about SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week activities happening across the nation in 2015.

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  • Your organization’s name and website address
  • A brief description of your event(s)
  • Topics addressed by the event
  • Target audiences
  • Date and time
  • Venue name and address

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Community Events


May 1820: Anchorage Youth Development Coalition will host a kickoff event open to the Anchorage, Alaska community in collaboration with a local hospital. The event will include speakers, a book fair, and information sharing. The coalition will also host a lunch presentation with authors of a new trend study about ways to mitigate risk factors that can lead to drug abuse.


May 16, 19, and 20: Aletheia House will host three events: the first annual Prevention Spring Fling on May 16 from 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., featuring local prevention agencies and a focus on the importance of prevention efforts in local communities, schools, and churches; a Roundtable Discussion on May 19 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., addressing alcohol placement, and tobacco and alcohol advertising placement with local convenience store owners and community leaders; and a Speak Out Town Hall Meeting on May 20 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., focused on how to make prevention efforts more effective in local communities in the city of Birmingham.

May 17–23: SpectraCare Health Systems, Inc. will host a variety of events during National Prevention Week:

  • Community Spotlight Window Display: During the month of May, a storefront window display in Dothan will promote the NPW theme and encourage individuals to make healthy choices.
  • "I Choose" Project Photo Booth: SpectraCare Health Systems, Inc. held a photo booth in Dothan on May 15 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for people to take a photo holding the SAMHSA "I Choose" sign featuring their desired healthy choice. All photos will be displayed from May 17–23.
  • Town Hall Meeting: In partnership with the Coalition for a Drug Free Dale County, SpectraCare Health Systems, Inc. hosted a town hall meeting on prescription drug abuse on May 19 in Ozark.
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Event: In partnership with the Coalition for a Drug Free Dale County and Dale County Sheriff’s Department, SpectraCare Health Systems, Inc. held a prescription drug take-back event in Ozark.

May 18: Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center will hold a banquet-style Town Hall Meeting on underage and binge drinking in Sylacauga. The Town Hall Meeting will also discuss issues related to not wearing a seatbelt, driving under the influence of alcohol, and smoking. The keynote speaker is Mr. Michael Lutzenkirchen, father of the late Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.

May 18 and 23: The Drug Education Council, Inc. will host a press conference on May 18 at 4:00 p.m. in Mobile to inform the community of the dangers of spice, tobacco, underage drinking and alcohol abuse, opioid and prescription drug abuse, illicit drug use, and youth marijuana use and suicide. On May 23 from 3:00–6:00 p.m., the Stop the Madness Community Summit will give the community the opportunity to interact with prevention specialists and law enforcement professionals about the dangers of drug use.

May 18-22: East Alabama Mental Health and the Tallapoosa County Coalition on Underage drinking are hosting a series of events throughout National Prevention Week, including:

  • Developing a center display for the Tallapoosa County Courthouse Annex and changing it daily to reflect the daily prevention theme
  • Launching morning announcements at local schools that focus on the Prevention Week theme of the day and promoting our Choose 2 Refuse campaign
  • Coordinating with the Tallapoosa County Coalition Youth Advisory Board on a social media push of daily themes throughout the week
  • Presenting awards to winning students at one of our local schools for a writing and art contest based on underage drinking

May 18, 22, and 28: West Alabama Mental Health Center’s Prevention Program will celebrate National Prevention Week by hosting a variety of events in Demopolis:

  • May 18 from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., a Prevention Week art exhibit
  • May 22 from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., a Prevention Week party for students and parents. The event will include information on topics such as mental wellness, suicide, alcohol use, marijuana use, underage drinking, and parents hosting parties with underage drinking.
  • May 28, Mental health first aid training will be held to encourage everyone to learn the signs, ask for help if needed, address symptoms early, and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health by spreading this year’s hashtag #B4Stage4.

May 21: Teens Empowerment Awareness with Resolutions, Inc. is hosting an end-of-school year party for after-school program students from 3:15–5:30 p.m. in Phenix City. The event caps off an education program for 40 sixth and seventh graders who were taught the skills needed to abstain from alcohol, cigarettes, sex before marriage, marijuana, other drugs, and other risky behaviors.

July 13–17: The Cleburne County Extension Office is sponsoring a week-long workshop in Heflin titled “Be Extreme – Inside and Out” targeted at young women 12 to 15 years old. The workshop addresses topics such as self-esteem, communication skills and team work, healthy choices, and relationship skills. The Extension Office will add a component to the workshop to promote National Prevention Week and incorporate an NPW-related project.


May 18–23: Terros will conduct educational workshops about underage drinking throughout the week for parents and students in Phoenix, Arizona. They will hold a closing event for student participants on May 23.

May 25–29: The Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s youth group will interview elders on mental health issues and use “I strengthen my nation” posters. The youth group will also have a craft day to create posters about the dangers of tobacco use and e-cigarettes and post them in locations throughout the Pascua Yaqui community. There will also be a community movie night.


May 20: Quapaw House, Inc. will host an educational health fair and organizational open house focused on the prevention of opioid use and prescription drug abuse in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

May 21: Youth CARES, the youth coalition of Garland County CARES/Quapaw House, Inc. will host a Youth Forum in Hot Springs, in collaboration with YMCA Reach and Rise Mentoring Program, First Church of the Nazarene, ESPN 96.3, Difference Makers of Hot Springs, KLAZ/Noalmark, Hot Springs Police Department, Americus Patrol, and several other community stakeholders. Students representing the entire county will come together to provide input about the needs of youth in the community related to prevention.


May 7: California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is hosting an event in conjunction with Mental Health Month. CSUSM students will be invited to participate in a fun, interactive day about mental health promotion and education. Young adult peer educators will engage college students with the “I Choose…” activity and encourage students to take the Prevention Pledge. Community partners will participate in a health fair, while campus partners and student groups will distribute information.

May 19: San Francisco Teen Challenge is hosting an ice cream social and education/awareness event from 4:00–6:00 p.m., focused on avoiding underage drinking and drug use.

May 21: The Riverside County Department of Mental Health is hosting a Mental Health Fair from 1:00-6:00 p.m. The event will feature children’s activities, free health screenings, community information, information on mental health, music and entertainment, substance use information, and special recognitions.

May 23: California State University Northridge (CSUN) will work with the local community to coordinate an event promoting mental health on May 23. The day-long event will be full of activities to increase awareness and reduce prejudice and discrimination. Girl Scouts and Ray of Hope, CSUN’s Suicide Prevention and Awareness Program, will organize the event.


May 18–23: Eagle River Youth Coalition will conduct a social media campaign and community referral project. They will partner with Eagle County, Eagle County Schools, Eagle Valley High School, Suicide Prevention Coalition, Mind Spring Health, and Samaritan Counseling.


May 18–19:The Courage to Speak Foundation will host speaker Ginger Katz for two presentations in local middle and high schools in Norwalk and Bridgeport, to talk about the prevention of youth drug use. The first presentation on May 18 will address the topic of “Marijuana to Opiates” and the second presentation on May 19 is titled, “The Courage to Make Healthy Decisions.”


May 17–23: Aevidum will hold schoolwide mental health awareness activities linked to its “The Talk” program in Delaware and Pennsylvania schools that have an Aevidum club.

District of Columbia

May 21-22: Bridging Resources in Communities, Inc. is holding a lunch and learn event with key leaders about synthetic drugs, marijuana, alcohol use trends, and updated policies on May 21. The Metro Police Department Narcotics Commander will update participants on synthetic drugs products seizures and arrests and review the current DC marijuana law. Staff from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will discuss their Make the Right Choice vendor education campaign; and a senior staff member from the DC Council Health Committee will address recent, positive changes to DC alcohol laws. On May 28, they will participate in a youth forum from 4:00–7:00 p.m. entitled “Marijuana Myths: The Truth about DC's New Marijuana Laws.”


May 14: Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention is hosting Shark Frenzy, part of a community initiative to inspire youth, parents, caregivers, and other adults to take action to prevent substance abuse and improve social inclusion of individuals with mental health issues in the community. Shark Frenzy will take place in Holiday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a health resource fair and PSA recording, followed by a panel discussion at 6:00 p.m. on such topics as mental health prejudice, underage drinking, and marijuana use.

May 15 and 16: The Tobacco Free Partnership of Pasco County is partnering with the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life of Trinity in New Port Richey. The Partnership and Pasco’s Student’s Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) will have a tent featuring tobacco prevention education and activities for all ages, and youth will educate attendees on the importance of tobacco use prevention, its ties to cancer, and other harmful effects of tobacco use on the body.

May 19: The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida is hosting a family event in Ft. Myers from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Prevention information will be available from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Lee Memorial Health System Trauma Department, Fort Myers Pediatric Dentistry, Family Health Centers, the Area Agency on Aging, the Safe Kids Coalition and Street Chicks in Recovery. Topics to be addressed at this event include underage drinking and binge drinking through the Safe Homes Smart Parties program, adult poly substance abuse, marijuana prevention and prescription drug abuse prevention.

May 19: LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County is hosting LiveFree! Celebrating Youth Power from 4:00–5:00 p.m.

May 19 and 22: Drug Free Hardee is hosting two events in Wauchula for National prevention Week. A General Coalition Meeting on May 19 at 9:00am will address how to get involved in community change with your voice and the power we all bring to the table. On May 22, 1400 middle school students will participate in “Health Choices Awareness Day” and address topics such as underage drinking and marijuana use.

No Date: Baycare Behavioral Health-Magnolia is working with 300 students in two middle schools—Chasco Middle School in Port Richey and Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday—to create “Underage Drinking” posters. Students will present their posters to their school peers, faculty, and staff. After the posters are complete, they will be included in photos and/or video PSAs.


May 19: Learn To Grow, Inc. will host a youth-led activity around activities based on positive social norms in Atlanta, Georgia.


April 18: Drug Free Idaho will focus on the prevention of underage drinking and substance use with a parent educational event regarding hosting social events with underage drinking in Boise, Idaho.


May 5: Schaumburg Township's Mental Health Committee is holding its third annual Mental Health Awareness Fair, Minds Matter, from 3:00-6:00 pm. Minds Matter is an opportunity to educate the public about mental health, substance abuse, and social service issues, and resources to address them. There will also be resources that highlight fitness, wellness, and stress reduction and offer health screenings. Twenty one exhibitors have been invited to provide information about their organizations and answer questions the public may have. There will be speakers on topics related to supportive housing, PTSD, and depression in children.

May 18–22: Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties (HRCEC) is conducting a poster campaign with each department choosing one of the NPW daily themes and creating a poster of facts and statistics. The posters will be presented and promoted on the department’s Prevention Facebook page, and the department will send out an email about the topic for each day along with additional information. HRCEC will also participate in the “I Choose” Project, and will reach out to local community members along with people within their facility.

May 21: Linking Efforts Against Drugs will hold an educational health fair followed by a town hall for youth in Lake Forest. The "Hidden in Plain Sight" exhibit will have a replica of a teenager’s bedroom with 100 warning signs of teenage drug use as well as a presentation and panel on illicit drug use and marijuana use at 7:00 pm in Lake Forest.

May 21: Alternatives, Inc. and its Youth Empowerment Program participants are hosting a school-wide event called TURN UP and Dance Off from 5:30–8:00 p.m. to celebrate high school students promoting positive messaging in the school and community around saying “No” to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Students will display PSAs, posters, palm cards, and videos they helped create at the event. The event will also involve an audience-judged dance battle.

May 23: Global Girls Inc. will showcase a youth-created play about teen smoking and drinking at 2:00 p.m. in Chicago, targeted at youth, teens, and adult community members.


May 20: Porter County Substance Abuse Council will host a community town hall on the prevention of opioid and drug use with a focus on heroin in Hebron, Indiana.


May 8: Bluegrass Prevention Center will train local law enforcement personnel to assist and support prevention of underage drinking, illicit drug use, prescription drug abuse, and marijuana use. The training will be offered to community members and law enforcement in 17 counties. They will share information about their prevention efforts with others in the community.


May 1821: Caddo Parish Public Schools will use this year’s National Prevention Week theme, “The Voice of One, the Power of All,” to guide various events throughout the schools. These events will include poster and door contests, a schoolwide kickoff event, youth and adult mental health first aid training, and a parent education event.


May 10: Washington County: One Communitywill host the Second Annual 5K A La Mud Obstacle Challenge, which will involve community members, youth, college students, and local law enforcement in Whitneyville, Maine.


May 14, 15, and 18: Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc. and Calvert Substance Abuse Services will implement the “I Choose” campaign in six middle schools and four high schools. Students and staff will take photos with their “I Choose” sign and share them on Facebook and around the school.

May 18 and 20: Carroll County Prevention Office will participate in several events throughout the week to promote youth prevention efforts. Public service announcements will be placed around television programming about substance use and a “Save the Brain” video and poster contest will be held in local middle and high schools. Carroll County will also participate in a local festival by providing prevention resources to the community. Watch the Carroll County Prevention Week kick-off video.

May 19: The Mario Do Right Foundation will hold a rally and prevention presentation for high school students in Baltimore, Maryland.

May 20: As part of National Prevention Week, the Cecil County Health Department is holding a twitter chat for substance abuse awareness on May 20 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. Anyone can join in the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #DrugFreeCecil. Questions may also be asked in advance at on the Cecil County Health Department Facebook page.

May 21: Green Street Academy is hosting a Middle School Assembly at 2:00 p.m. with Baltimore middle school students to discuss the impact of substances, trauma, and violence in times of crisis.

May 22: Family Service Foundation, Inc. is hosting “Choose Recovery” from 12:00–6:00 p.m. in Landover Hills to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health disorders and to connect with services in the community. The event will feature inspirational speakers, poetry slam, music, food, exhibitors, and more! The agency plans to have exhibits from local agencies in order to increase awareness of services and resources available in the community. There will be speakers who are themselves in recovery and are representatives of the community.


May 18–22: Natick Together for Youth will do educational outreach for students at middle schools and high schools with daily announcements and trivia games; encourage youth participation in the “I Choose” Project; and coordinate a presentation to students by a guest speaker. These events in Natick, Massachusetts will cover topics such as underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, and marijuana use.

May 16 and 22: Northampton Prevention Coalition is hosting a parenting workshop, “How to Help Your Teen Make Healthy Choices: A Taste of Motivational Interviewing” with John Brelsford, PhD, on May 16 from 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. The workshop will show parents a way to communicate with their child that fosters collaboration and motivates positive change.

May 19: The New England Center for Mental Health (NECMH) is promoting an information session about a newer treatment for depression, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Also, in partnership with a local pediatric practice, NECMH offers free monthly support groups throughout the year for parents of children with Autism, Asperger’s, and other pervasive developmental disorders, in addition to one for parents of adolescents and teens with mood disorders.

May 20: Somerville Overcoming Addiction is hosting a free public screening of the documentary "The Anonymous People" at 6:30 p.m. in Somerville. The Anonymous People is about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Along with the screening there will also be an Overdose Prevention/Narcan Training put on by the Cambridge Needle Exchange.

May 20: Tapestry Health is hosting a screening of the film Friend of Essex and a discussion with creator Amir Dixon from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in Florence in support of NPW. Friend of Essex is a documentary that explores the lives of young black gay men and the struggles they face. The film features one-on-one and group interviews, and jarring narratives that probe the difficult questions surrounding masculinity, identity, sexuality, and race.

May 21: The Massachusetts Prevention Alliance is hosting a Youth Marijuana Prevention Summit from 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. in Worcester. Speakers include:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Sharon Levy: Medical Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, Boston Children's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Jay Broadhurst, Addiction Medicine, Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, UMass Medical School, Delegate, Mass Medical Society
  • John Scheft, Esq., Law Enforcement Dimension, Legal and Public Safety Training and Education Expert
  • Heidi Heilman, Massachusetts Prevention Alliance 

May 22: Northampton High School’s Caught Off Guard, a local youth health theater troupe, will perform for Northampton High School seniors about making safe and healthy decisions during prom and graduation season.

No Date: The Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition is running a "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking" campaign with mailings to parents, lawn signs, op-ed pieces and media coverage to encourage parents to talk to their teens, set clear expectations around drug use, and not host parties with underage drinking. In addition, SADD Jr. students are decorating the middle school’s main entrance using positive messaging around the Superpower theme.


May 16–17: Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition’s events will focus on promotion of mental health and wellness. The coalition will promote social media messaging, and on May 16 they will host a youth mental health first aid training. On May 17, the coalition will participate in the Celebrate Birmingham Parade to pass out information and raise awareness of mental health issues.

May 20: Chippewa County Health Department is hosting a Community Awareness Walk for all ages from 5:30–7:30 pm in Sault Ste. Marie, to be followed by family-friendly activities and information on community resources.

May 21: Coalition for a Drug Free Muskegon County will be hosting several events and media efforts during the week. These will culminate in an event on May 21, “National Prevention Week Celebrating Prevention Stars” in Muskegon, Michigan. The event will celebrate community leaders, coalition member organizations, and youth for their commitment to prevention.

May 23: Michigan Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education and Mitchell’s Hope are hosting a community awareness and education event in Fowlerville from noon until dusk. The event will offer community members an opportunity talk with parents who have been in the trenches, including some who have lost children; learn from people in long-term recovery; get real statistics and tools to talk with their own kids about the dangers of drug use; and meet several grassroots organizations from around Michigan.


June 3–4 The Working Together Coalition plans to host the second annual “Be the Change, the Solution is in the Community” conference in Walker. They plan to focus on substance use prevention and mental health promotion in a two-day event that will provide information and build capacity in the community.


May 21: St. Joseph Youth Alliance will hold a community town hall on marijuana use prevention that will be aimed at youth.

May 23: Washington University – Project ARK will host a community event in St. Louis, Missouri developed by their youth leadership group focused on the promotion of mental health and wellness.


May 18–21: The Frenchtown Community Coalition is hosting a series of events in conjunction with National Prevention Week, including guest speakers, a student photo booth, and participating in the “I Choose” campaign.

  • May 18: A guest speaker will discuss prescription drug abuse
  • May 19: A guest speaker will present on preventing underage drinking at the high school
  • May 20: A photo booth will be hosted for the junior high and high school in conjunction with the “I Choose” campaign
  • May 21: A speaker will talk about preventing youth marijuana use in the high school

May 20: The District II Alcohol & Drug Program will be participating in the Eastern Montana Mental Health Fair from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in Glendive. The event is open to community members and professionals, and will address topics including underage drinking, binge drinking, drinking and driving, suicide prevention, and mental health and/or substance use disorder resources in Eastern Montana.


May 6: Truckee Meadows Community College will host a “Wellness Wednesday” during the first week of May in Reno, Nevada. Highlights will include tips on meditation, “I Choose” white boards, a poster contest, BBQ on the quad, and documentary viewing.

May 18–22: Join Together Northern Nevada is holding several events during the week:

  • May 18: High school students in Join Together’s peer to peer education program will create an Alcohol and Marijuana PSA at the Join Together Northern Nevada’s office. A presentation is planned on Mental Health and Depression for senior citizens at the Sierra Manor Apartments.
  • May 19: Join Together Northern Nevada staff will present to middle school students on the dangers of synthetic drugs.
  • May 20: A presentation, entitled Marijuana in Our Community: What Parents Need to Know., is planned for 6:00 pm, at Wooster High School to inform residents about how medical and recreational marijuana can affect a community, brain, and body. At the event, a mock teen bedroom will be set up to teach parents about drug paraphernalia, commonly abused drugs, and the signs of drug abuse. The audience for the event is parents of kindergarten through 12th grade students. Bob Doyle from the Colorado Tobacco Prevention and Education Alliance will speak.
  • May 21 and 22: Staff will present to elementary school students on making good choices.

New Hampshire

May 18–22: Raymond Coalition for Youth will highlight each of National Prevention Week’s daily themes and focus on youth awareness activities around prom and graduation.

New Jersey

April 20 and May 18–23: The Center for Prevention and Counseling will host a lunch and learn program called “Marijuana: the changing landscape” for community members and local law enforcement in Newton, New Jersey. During National Prevention Week, the center will send daily newsletters, post on social media, and provide client prevention bags.

May 16: Change Addiction NOW (CAN) is holding its second annual Steps of Change with the New Jersey CAN in Riverside. The event begins at noon when brothers, sisters, and spouses walk together as families, followed by various speakers, law enforcement professionals, and others sharing stories of recovery, loss, and hope. There will be a balloon launch at 3:45 p.m.

May 17, 18, 19, and 21: Family Guidance Center of Warren County is kicking off prevention week with a live one-hour radio interview on May 17 with local professionals speaking on topics such as tobacco, underage drinking and alcohol abuse, prescription medication abuse, illicit drugs and mental health issues. On May 18 the conversation will continue to focus on tobacco, and on May 21 the topic will be the legalization of marijuana. On May 19, FGCWC will host its second annual TEEN Summit and discuss issues of mental health and substance abuse (underage drinking, illicit drug use and prescription medication abuse). In addition, they will show a series of PSAs during high school health classes throughout the week, followed by discussion.

May 22–24: Rockers in Recovery and the Hope All Day Foundation will host Hope Fest 2015 on May 22-24 in Galloway Township, New Jersey. The Hope Fest 2015 Recovery Rally and Music Festival is a full weekend event that aims to bring awareness to the community about substance use prevention and recovery support services while demonstrating that music, art, and self-expression are tools for inspiring a healthy lifestyle.

May 27: The Hillsborough-Millstone Municipal Alliance is hosting a community presentation by "Steered Straight" at 7:00 p.m. on the prevention of underage drinking and drug abuse. The presentation—targeted at middle and high school students and their parents—addresses topics such as making good choices, consequences, and encouraging parents to discuss these topics with their teen.

New York

May 11–16: Orleans United Drug Free Communities Coalition will have an educational health fair during the week in the lobby of a local clinic, as well as a Wellness Walk on May 16 in Albion, New York.

May 19: The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County Inc. is participating in a Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by South Kortright Central School from 1:00–5:00 p.m. ADAC will provide interactive activities and informational handouts on substance abuse education and health.

May 20: Restoration Society, Inc., Mental Health Association of Erie County, Crisis Services, Living Opportunities of DePaul, Sounds of Serenity, Lakeshore Behavioral Health, Inc. and Colorful Minds Foundation are all coming together for the 3rd annual flash mob on mental health awareness at 11:00 am. The goal of the flash mob is to raise awareness about mental health and show that people suffering with a diagnosis are not alone, and there are places to go for help.

May 17-22: HOPE Chautauqua/Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council are hosting a series of NPW-related events in Jamestown targeted to the community at large, families, youth, professional key leaders, faith-based community and social media followers.

  • May 17, 9:30 a.m.: Faith-based Adult Education – Prevention, Current Trends and NPW
  • May 18, 6:30 p.m.: HOPE Coalition Meeting focusing on tobacco/e-cigs and vaping.
  • May 19, 10:00 a.m.: HOPE Coalition Meeting focusing on underage drinking/alcohol abuse
  • May 20: Social media blitz on heroin, opioid and prescription drug abuse
  • May 21, 5:00 p.m.: Coalition Members and Jamestown Stroll, a social and wellness walk highlighting prevention and NPW
  • May 22: Social media blitz on substance abuse, suicide, and mental health

North Carolina

Date TBD: Western Youth Network will focus on the promotion of mental health and wellness and conduct a sticky note campaign where positive, encouraging messages, with the names of community mental health services, are left throughout the community.


May 16: Change Addiction NOW United We CAN is planning four Steps of Change, Walk a Mile in My Shoes events in Salem, Brunswick, Felicity, and Cincinnati. All events begin by walking a mile together as families, brothers, sisters and spouses. The events have various speakers, Government leaders, Narcan displays, treatment centers, medically assisted treatment physicians, stories of recovery, loss and stories of hope.

May 18–23: Family Recovery Center is planning a six-day publicity blitz, with articles corresponding to each day’s National Prevention Week theme in three local newspapers. There will also be corresponding events throughout the week in Lisbon, Ohio.


May 9: Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health will hold a community carnival in Tahlequah, Oklahoma promoting all National Prevention Week themes. The carnival will maintain a focus on promoting youth mental health.

May 18 and 22: Okmulgee County Consortium will host a community walk/run/bike event on May 18. On May 22, they will hold a community block party in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

May 18-22: Operation Aware of Oklahoma Inc. is participating in an online social media campaign during National Prevention Week, including using Facebook and a press release to spread the news of NPW, and encourage others to participate. Operation Aware will also take the “I Choose” campaign to several local schools where they teach prevention education, and will post the photos to the national website and the agency’s website.


May 18–22: Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s We-R-Native project will use social media posts on all of National Prevention Week’s daily themes to boost awareness, promote resources, and offer contests for additional community service grants for tribal communities in the Portland, Oregon area.


May 17–23: Aevidum will hold schoolwide mental health awareness activities linked to its “The Talk” program in Pennsylvania and Delaware schools that have an Aevidum club.

May 18: Drexel University in Philadelphia is kicking off National Prevention Week with a social media campaign. The university is inviting students to show what they do to maintain a healthy lifestyle and what inspires them to choose prevention by posting photos using the hashtags #chooseprevention and #Drexel.

May 21: Beaver County Behavioral Health is sponsoring a river walk and ice cream social event from 12:30–2:30 p.m. in celebration of National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Prevention Week.

Republic of Palau

May 18–23: The Ministry of Health’s Prevention Unit is conducting a week-long roadside campaign and booth in Koror to encourage people of all ages to take the Prevention Pledge. Other promotional activities include radio talk shows with community partners such as the Coalition for Tobacco Free Palau and the Palau Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and newspaper ads to showcase and promote the prevention week events. The week will culminate with a Family Fun Day on May 23 that includes free health screenings.

Rhode Island

June 21: The Mayor's Substance Abuse Prevention Council is hosting a school assembly for senior students in Providence from 8:30–9:30 a.m. to address the topic of alcohol. Speakers will include U.S. Attorney Peter Nerona, City Council President Luis Aponte, and Neill David from the U.S. Attorney’s office.  

South Dakota

May 21: The Front Porch Coalition will host a Public Community Awareness Event at Rapid City’s Main Street Square. The event will feature community speakers and public officials, entertainment, free food, and mental health agencies providing free information and resources to the public.


March 10: The University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Center for Health Education and Wellness focused on the issues of underage drinking and drug use through a Safe Spring Break event in Knoxville, Tennessee. The event included tabling on health resources and a prescription drug collection in partnership with local law enforcement.

May 16 and 19: Stewart County Alliance for Substance Abuse Preventionwill hold a community walk/run and bike race, as well as a town hall meeting, in Dover, Tennessee.

May 17–23: Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition will conduct events in Roane County and 19 surrounding counties in East Tennessee. These events will include poster contests with youth organizations, peer-to-peer teaching in middle and high schools, and awareness activities around prom including “Prom Promise.” They will also place advertisements in several area newspapers on each of these topics and have a strong social media presence to complement raising awareness.

May 17–23: Going Respectfully Against Addictive Behaviors Coalition (G.R.A.A.B. Coalition) is hosting a series of events in Cleveland, TN, including: educational table/display at the Cleveland Public Library (2 days); educational table/display at the Cleveland Family YMCA (4 days); series of editorials in the Cleveland Daily Banner (all 6 days, plus 2 feature news articles with photos—print and online edition); PSA recorded for two local high schools; student-led media channels to run all 6 days; PSA broadcast through Mix 104.1; presentation to afterschool programs in six county school sites; and a Coalition Open House.


May 18: The Bethel Prevention Coalition is presenting a video from about drug prevention with the youth of the Walzem YMCA in San Antonio from 5:00–6:00 p.m. The event will include a discussion of drug prevention, and attendees will make a drug free declaration with the hashtag #ChoosePrevention to declare why they choose to be drug free.

May 19: Galveston County Community Coalition of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Center for Addiction Research are holding a Town Hall meeting at the Moody Mansion at 11:00 am entitled “Connecting to Create Change.” The keynote speaker is Dr. Jeff Temple, UTMB psychologist and researcher. Two local City Councils are also issuing proclamations on May 14 in observance of National Prevention Week.

May 23: Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition will host a community presentation in Sugar Land, Texas, discussing the prevention of underage drinking, use of e-cigarettes, and prescription drug abuse, including a focus on good mental health as a protective factor.

May 23: Higher Dimension Substance Abuse Program is hosting a Community Town Hall meeting and Youth Friday Night Live Event in Westwood/Houston. The community event will bring awareness to the community regarding recovery and underage drinking. The youth event will engage youth with a free screening of the Anonymous People video on recovery, a basketball showcase, X-Box tournament and resource fair.


May 22: Utah County Health Department will hold the following events in Provo, Utah during National Prevention Week.

  • A town hall meeting with community members about suicide, along with a Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training. This event will also promote mental health resources.
  • An employee brown bag presentation about mental health promotion.
  • A display in the lobby of the Utah County Health Department building that will change every day according to the National Prevention Week theme.


Date TBD: Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community will host a screening of the movie, “The Hungry Heart,” a documentary by a local filmmaker that provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug abuse. They will host the event in partnership with the Burlington School District and the Vermont Junior Youth Relay Program. The screening will be followed with small group discussions about drug misuse, prevention, and healthy decision-making. Youth participating in the event will be encouraged to engage with the youth prevention groups to have opportunities to connect with peers living substance-free lives.


May 16: Virginia C.A.N. (Change Addiction Now) is hosting a Steps of Change, Walk a Mile in My Shoes education and awareness event for families and communities in Fairfax from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on the issues related to substance use. The event will include guest speakers, information booths, and a REVIVE! Training of Trainers: Opioid Overdose Reversal for Virginia.

May 1822: Charlottesville-Albemarle Coalition for Healthy Youth will host daily brown bag lunches and informational sessions for community members and agencies in Charlottesville, Virginia.


May 16: Change Addiction Now will hold a Healthy Families Fair from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on May 16, in conjunction with its Steps of Change Rally, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” on the north steps of the Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington. Speakers include SAMHSA's Area 10 Administrator, David Dickinson; Penny Legate, local celebrity and former KIRO news reporter; Lisa Frederiksen, author of 9 books on "second hand drinking and drugging"; and Barb Stoefen, author of "A Very Fine House," along with many local government, nonprofit and private organizations. CAN will also unveil the “Hidden in Plain Sight" project for families, showing them how many familiar items can be a signal of substance use in their teen’s room.

May 20: Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC) is planning an interactive, youth-led community open house that focuses on prevention of youth marijuana use and prescription drug abuse. It will help inform parents and community members of what they can do to promote prevention in their home and communities. Also during the month of May, GSSAC’s Prevention Outreach Wellness Education Resources Coalition will be handing out 100 Random Acts of Prevention certificates throughout the community to partners in prevention.

May 21: Community Safety Network of Toppenish will host a health fair in Toppenish, Washington featuring health and safety information about prescription drug abuse and marijuana use. The network will also hold a community walk/run, Zumba, games, and other activities for the whole family to promote awareness of these issues.

May 22: The Forks Abuse Program is conducting an outreach event in Forks targeted to seventh and eighth grade students. The students will take quizzes, receive resource cards for local agencies in town that may be of assistance, and create pledges on how they will prevent unhealthy relationships in their lives. The pledges will be posted on a pledge wall in the school.  

West Virginia

Date TBD: Community Connections, Inc. will hold a 5K walk/run event in Princeton, West Virginia.


May 15–23: Waukesha County Drug Free Communities will host a variety of activities throughout the week, including:

  • Student-to-student PSAs using positive community norms
  • May 15: Kickoff with Drug Free Communities coalition and a local proclamation
  • May 16: Prescription drug take-back day
  • May 17: Launch information on local radio
  • May 18: Start publicly airing PSAs in local movie theatres and local high schools with morning announcements
  • May 19: Breakfast with local legislators to discuss key issues
  • May 20: Forum on new drug trends for parents and youth
  • May 22: Launch “parents who host lost the most” sticker campaign with restaurants and local businesses
  • May 23: Balloon release for people who have been impacted by suicide
Last Updated: 08/17/2015