National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders.
Purpose of National Prevention Week
The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:
- Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing the effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs;
- Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and
- Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.
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Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2019 daily themes are:
Monday, May 13: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
Tuesday, May 14: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
Wednesday, May 15: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
Thursday, May 16: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use
Friday, May 17: Preventing Suicide