National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-sponsored annual health observance dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health. The observance brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities together through local events to raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance use and mental disorders.
ESAP will dedicate their May 3, 2017 meeting to prevention and will highlight National Prevention Week, May 14th – 20th. The National Prevention Week 2017 theme is “Making Each Day Count.” This theme highlights the important role that individuals and communities alike have in helping people lead healthy, productive lives and in raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and promotion of positive mental health.
Six of the seven days during National Prevention Week have a suggested health topic that organizations and coalitions can use to guide the focus of community events:
- Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use (Monday, May 15)
- Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse (Tuesday, May 16)
- Prevention of Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse (Wednesday, May 17)
- Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use (Thursday, May 18)
- Prevention of Suicide (Friday, May 19)
- Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness (Saturday, May 20)
ESAP’s coalition meetings are open to the public. Parents, professionals, and community members are encouraged to attend. Prevention is a small puzzle piece in the grand scope of the inner workings of agencies and communities. Also, a part that is often forgotten. Bring your passion and ideas about prevention to share with us.
For more information about prevention week visit, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration