Our BGC Prevention & Education Team wants all staff to be aware of the National Prevention Week. This 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 is held each year near the start of summer. Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events, and outdoor activities. National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. The percentages of marijuana, cigarette and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July)1, and the timing of National Prevention Week helps to educate young people and their families at this crucial time of year.
Sunday, May 18 – Prevention & Cessation of Tobacco Use
Monday, May 19 – Prevention of Underage Drinking
Tuesday, May 20 – Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse & Marijuana Use
Wednesday, May 21 – Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
Thursday, May 22 – Prevention of Suicide
Friday, May 23 – Fight the Stigma/Mental Health Day
For more information visit – http://beta.samhsa.gov/prevention-week