National Prevention Week 2013

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) second annual National Prevention Week is May 12-May 18. This national health observance aims to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This year’s theme – Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference. – emphasizes that the choices we make each day are important and have a real effect on our health and the well-being of our families and communities. Each day of National Prevention Week 2013 has a unique focus to recognize states’ and communities’ prevention efforts and highlight multiple facets of behavioral health: Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use; Prevention of Underage Drinking; Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use; Prevention of Alcohol Abuse; Suicide Prevention; Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-being. National Prevention Week 2013 offers a way for everyone to voice their support for prevention and take action to make a difference in their communities. One way to get involved is to take the Prevention Pledge and share it with colleagues, family and friends. Another way is to participate in a National Prevention Week event in your community or a community near you. Individuals also can take part in the National Prevention Week “I Choose” Project. Snap a photo of yourself or a friend with a sign saying why you choose prevention, and then send it to SAMHSA for posting in their photo gallery.