National Prevention Facts Week

by Lisa Vasquez, NHPHA Communications Committee Member, NHPHA HR/Nominating Committee Member

The tenth anniversary of National Prevention Week (NPW) takes place on May 9th through May 15th this year. The purpose of the weeklong event is to involve communities to raise awareness of substance misuse and mental health issues, to increase collaborations and partnerships between agencies to improve public health, and to promote substance use prevention and mental health resources and services.

Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2021 daily themes are:

Monday, May 10: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse
Tuesday, May 11: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
Wednesday, May 12: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
Thursday, May 13: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)
Friday, May 14: Preventing Suicide

National Prevention Week is held each year on the second week of May. It takes place in May because this is the beginning of summer and the end of the school year for older adolescents and young adults. Many high school students are preparing for prom and other celebrations, while college students are preparing for summer break. May is the beginning of a time of social transition, a risk factor for youth substance use. Timing for National Prevention Week provides an opportunity for schools to participate in raising awareness of these important issues and gives schools, families, and communities a chance to strengthen community health prior to these transition periods. More information can be found at www.SAMHSA.gov.

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