National Prevention Week is May 14-20, 2017
National Prevention Week is an annual event dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. It is produced by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Why Prevention Week?
There are three primary goals of National Prevention Week:
- To involve communities in raising awareness of behavioral health issues and in implementing prevention strategies
- To foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health
- To promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications
National Prevention Week is in May
National Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May, 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. According to SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a high percentage of youth getting started with marijuana, cigarettes, and alcohol do so between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July).
Community Involvement in National Prevention Week
During National Prevention Week, community organizations across the country host health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial walks, social media campaigns, outdoor events, and more. Thousands of people across the United States and in U.S. territories attend these events and help raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance use and mental disorders.
How will Your Community Participate in National Prevention Week?
If you know of any local Prevention Week 2017 activities in Alpharetta or nearby communities, either inside or outside the perimeter, please let us know about them and we will help highlight them on our blog. Reach out via Twitter @SunriseDetoxGA or via email sent to events at sunrisedetoxatlanta.com