National Prevention Week

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National Prevention Week: May 18 – 24, 2014

About National Prevention Week
National Prevention Week is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (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), and the timing of National Prevention Week helps educate young people and their families at this crucial time of year.

During National Prevention Week, community organizations across the country host health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, memorial walks, town hall meetings, social media campaigns and outdoor events. Thousands of people attend these events and help raise awareness about the importance of substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.

Daily Health Themes
Sunday, May 18
Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use
Monday, May 19
Prevention of Underage Drinking
Tuesday, May 20
Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use
Wednesday, May 21
Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
Thursday, May 22
Prevention of Suicide
Friday, May 23
Promotion of Mental Health

KFP’s “I Choose” Project
Help make a difference, be a positive example and inspire others by participating in KFP’s “I Choose” Project. KFP is collecting photos of individuals across Kansas who share their personal message about why substance abuse prevention or mental health promotion is important to them. You can join KFP in this project by taking a photo of yourself holding a sign with your personal message, like “I choose prevention because I want to be healthy and happy.” Post your photo on our Facebook page or tweet us your photo @KsFamilyPartner on Twitter and tell us what you choose to do!