National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships.
National Prevention Week 2013 will take place May 12-18, 2013. Sign and share the "Prevention Pledge" on SAMHSA’s Facebook page to make a difference and commit to a healthy lifestyle. This year's theme, "Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference.," emphasizes that the prevention of substance abuse and promotion of mental health starts with the choices each of us makes in our own life. Through our choices, we can set an example of health and well-being for others. With our voices—whether spoken or written—we can raise awareness of behavioral health issues and help create healthier and safer communities.
The National Prevention Week 2013 Toolkit is now available! Visit SAMHSA’s Store to download the Toolkit, which provides resources for National Prevention Week 2013 events and year-round prevention efforts.
How Can I Get Involved?
Take the "Prevention Pledge"
Since 2012, thousands of people have shown their commitment to prevention and healthy living by signing the "Prevention Pledge." Available on SAMHSA's Facebook page , the "Prevention Pledge" is a way for everyone to play a role in prevention and share that commitment with friends and family!
Firme el "Compromiso con la Prevención"
Desde el 2012, miles de personas han demostrado su compromiso con la prevención y de llevar una vida sana al firmar el "Compromiso con la Prevención." Disponible en ingles en la página de Facebook de SAMHSA , el "Compromiso con la Prevención" es una manera de que todos tengan un papel en la prevención y compartan esa promesa con amigos y familiares.
Participate in the "I Choose" Project
New for National Prevention Week 2013, the "I Choose" Project invites you to take a photograph of yourself or your friends holding a sign with a written statement about why you or they choose prevention. Photos will be uploaded to the "I Choose" photo gallery for others to see.
Plan and Host a Prevention Event
SAMHSA encourages communities to host events during National Prevention Week, or any time of year, that:
- Raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health issues;
- Build support for wellness and prevention practices;
- Promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being; and
- Highlight the power of prevention.
Each day during National Prevention Week 2013 has a suggested theme that organizations and coalitions can use to guide the focus of community events:
||National Prevention Week 2013 Themes
|Sunday, May 12
||Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use (New for 2013!)
|Monday, May 13
||Prevention of Underage Drinking
|Tuesday, May 14
||Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
|Wednesday, May 15
||Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
|Thursday, May 16
|Friday, May 17
||Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being
During National Prevention Week 2012, community organizations across the country hosted health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial walks, social media campaigns, outdoor events, and more to raise awareness about the importance of substance abuse prevention and the promotion of mental health. Visit Events to learn more about the types of events that took place during the inaugural National Prevention Week, and get ideas for your National Prevention Week 2013 activities!
Download the slides [PDF | 4.0MB] from SAMHSA’s Prevention Day workshop session “National Prevention Week 2013: How to Get Involved” to start thinking about how you can participate and to see how one community coalition creatively participated in National Prevention Week 2012.
Share your plans with SAMHSA! If you’re planning a National Prevention Week 2013 event, please e-mail SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week Coordinator, David Wilson, at email@example.com and provide the following information:
- Your organization's name and website, if applicable
- A brief description of your event(s)
- Location (city, state)
- Target audiences.
Upon receiving your event information, SAMHSA will add it to the National Prevention Week Events page.
Resources are available to learn more about National Prevention Week and ways to help raise awareness about behavioral health issues.