SAMHSA Prevention Day 2013
Frances M. Harding, Director, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), participates in Prevention Day's "I Choose" Project.
SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., welcomed over 1,800 prevention professionals, state and community partners, and grantees from around the country for SAMHSA's ninth annual Prevention Day. The event, held February 4 at the National Harbor in Maryland, kicked off the weeklong National Leadership Forum for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
SAMHSA's Prevention Day provides a forum for participants to share best practices, experiences, and information specific to the prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of mental health, as well as to network with other grantees and partners.
This year's Prevention Day theme was "Partnerships in Behavioral Health: A New Era." Administrator Hyde set the tone for the day by providing an overview of three current prevention priorities for SAMHSA: suicide prevention, underage drinking prevention, and prescription drug abuse/misuse. She encouraged attendees to form community partnerships, keep up to date with national dialogues, and join or lead local dialogues in order to keep sending the message that prevention works.
Workshops and breakout sessions included such topics as bullying prevention, underage drinking prevention for teens and young adults, prescription drug trends, health reform, tobacco control, and prevention and health information technology.
"I Choose Prevention for my Family"
In addition to attending breakout sessions, Prevention Day participants helped kick off the "I Choose" Project. From its launch through SAMHSA's National Prevention Week, May 12-18, 2013, this project asks individuals to take a photograph of themselves with a large notecard containing a written statement about why they choose prevention, e.g., "I choose prevention [because/for]. . ." Participants could also write "I choose treatment [because/for...]" or "I choose ... [inserting any other activity or statement that reinforces the individual's decision to be physically and emotionally healthy.] SAMHSA's National Prevention Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. Learn more about how to participate in National Prevention Week in May.
National Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign Preview
SAMHSA's Prevention Day culminated with the preview of selected print ads from a new national underage drinking prevention media campaign. As lead agency of the Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD), SAMHSA is working alongside 14 other federal agencies to launch the new campaign, which will include print, television, radio, and online public service messages. To learn more about the campaign visit http://www.samhsa.gov/underagedrinking.
Throughout the year, ICCPUD is offering a series of webinars on the topic of underage drinking. These webinars will feature national leaders and experts discussing the extent and nature of the problem, lessons from recent research, and evidence-based strategies for addressing underage drinking. The first webinar, held January 30, 2013, drew over 2,400 participants and featured the U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A.; SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.; SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Director Fran Harding; and Acting Director of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Kenneth Warren, Ph.D.
To view the webinar recording visit: https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/webinars/2013_Jan/January2013_archive.htm