National Prevention Week 2017

National Prevention Week "I Choose" Project

The "I Choose" Project is an easy way to make a difference, be a positive example, and inspire others.

Participating is easy – take a photograph of yourself holding a sign with your personal message about why substance abuse prevention or mental health is important to you. For example, you could write "I choose prevention because I want to be healthy and happy." Or you could include "I choose treatment…" or another "I choose" statement, such as "I choose not to give up because things do get better."

Send your photo to In the email, also include:

  • Name(s) of people in the photo
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • State or territory
  • ZIP code
  • The "I Choose" message displayed in the photo.

After receiving your submission, SAMHSA will review and post your photo to the "I Choose" photo gallery*

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*Photos will not be posted if they contain:

  • Commercial endorsements.
  • Personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
  • Discriminatory, racist, offensive, obscene, inflammatory, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable statements, language or content.

See SAMHSA's comment policy and privacy policy for more information.

Last Updated: 03/31/2015