This week, May 12th-18th is National Prevention Week. This initiative, started by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, aims to increase public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders.
National Prevention Week has 3 main goals:
Increase Community Involvement: Raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health issues within communities
Foster Partner Engagement: Foster engagement and collaboration between federal agencies and national organizations with the same goals
Share Resources: Provide quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and programs
Additionally, National Prevention Week focuses on a specific prevention topic each day:
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
National Prevention Week occurs in May because substances are most often used for the first time during June and July. This makes May a good time to reboot prevention efforts. Schools can remind students as they’re heading into the summer break the dangers of substance abuse and how to get help if you find yourself in trouble.
Find out more about National Prevention Week here. You can even host an event to raise awareness in your community. Find out how by checking out the National Prevention Week Toolkit!
Did you know that 3rd Mil Classrooms has prevention programming? From high schools to colleges to courts, we offer solutions for a range of markets. Check out 3rdmil.com to learn more and take an active step in National Prevention Week!