National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. 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.
Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2020 daily themes are:
Monday, May 11: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse
Tuesday, May 12: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
Wednesday, May 13: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
Thursday, May 14: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)
Friday, May 15: Preventing Suicide
For resources to plan your next National Prevention Week, visit SAMHSA's National Prevention Week website.
SUPP Providers: Submit your NPW events HERE! We will advertise them on the Prevention First Homepage.