National Prevention Week is May 18-24. Jason Tanner, Associate Director of Children’s Outpatient at AltaPointe Health System tells Cherish Lombard National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. It’s 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 beginning 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. He says 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 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
For more information on National Prevention Week can be found on the SAMHSA which can be found at www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week.