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Prevention Presents: National Prevention Week

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National Prevention Week 2017
Dee Washington, M.Ed. OCPS I
Manager, Prevention Education

National Prevention Week (NPW) is May 14 - 20 is 2017. This annual observance is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders during the third week of May. It’s three primary goals are:

  1. To involve communities in raising awareness of behavioral health issues and in implementing prevention strategies
  2. To foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health
  3. To promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications

Since summer is historically a time for increased experimentation for young people, NPW is strategically timed to engage schools and communities during the start of summer, a season filled with celebration: prom, graduations, weddings, sporting events and other summertime fun. These activities and celebrations can also be a time for those suffering with mental health issues to struggle with bouts of overwhelming sadness or depression if they are dealing with poor self-esteem, loneliness, and other self-defeating and depleting thoughts.

The theme for NPW 2017 is “Making Each Day Count"

Daily Prevention Themes:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides information, materials, and a toolkit to assist schools and communities in promoting healthy thinking and behaviors to our youth. For more information visit  http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week


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