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 last year's 2015 Communities in Action yearbook (PDF | 1.8 MB).

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2016 Events

Tell SAMHSA about your event!

To feature your community event on this page, please provide the following information to SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week Coordinator, David Wilson, at

  • 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

2016 National Prevention Week wristband

All organizations publicizing their event information on this page are eligible to order a set of 40 free National Prevention Week USB drive wristbands to promote their event. The USB drive contains a wealth of prevention tools and materials for National Prevention Week 2016, print and video PSAs for SAMHSA’s Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign “Talk. They Hear You.,” and many other prevention resources. Order requests should be sent to

SAMHSA Launches National Prevention Week 2016

National Prevention Week Kickoff Event

SAMHSA will host a kick-off event for the 5th Annual National Prevention Week 2016, in partnership with Morgan State University, May 15 to 21. Register to access the live streamed event.

National Prevention Week showcases communities making a difference in overall community health. This campaign aims to increase public awareness and activity that support mental and/or substance use disorders. This year’s theme “Strong As One. Stronger Together.” highlights that while one person can make a positive difference in their community, when we join together, we can achieve a greater impact with our prevention efforts.

Serving as this year’s National Prevention Week Ambassador is Torrey Devitto, who stars as an ER pediatrician in the NBC drama, “Chicago Med.” On May 20, Ms. Devitto appears will appear in a promotional video and participate in a Twitter Chat around suicide prevention.

Last Updated: 04/21/2016