More Capacity to Confront Addictions
"The need for increased capacity on the part of CAReS and Weston’s Manor, which has been in place for 20 years, is greater than ever given the ongoing opioid epidemic. As the recovering addict so aptly declared during the hearing, people are dying."
SUICIDE PREVENTION & NARCAN TRAINING
National Prevention Week Facts
WHAT IS NATIONAL PREVENTION WEEK?
National Prevention Week (NPW) is a SAMHSA-sponsored annual health observance dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health. The observance brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities together through local events to raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance use and mental disorders.
WHEN IS NATIONAL PREVENTION WEEK?
NPW takes place May 13–19, 2018. Near the kickoff of summer, this is an ideal time for communities to come together and rally around prevention. NPW is also timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness among students of all ages.
WHAT’S THE THEME OF NATIONAL PREVENTION WEEK 2018?
The NPW 2018 theme is “Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow.” This theme reminds us that simple, daily acts of prevention, like helping a friend make positive choices or supporting a family member in need, can lead to healthier lives for each of us today, and stronger, happier communities tomorrow.
WHAT TOPICS DOES NATIONAL PREVENTION WEEK ADDRESS?
Six of the seven days during NPW have a suggested health topic that organizations and coalitions can use to guide the focus of community events:
• Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness (Monday, May 14)
• Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse (Tuesday, May 15)
• Prevention of Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse (Wednesday, May 16)
• Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use (Thursday, May 17)
• Prevention of Suicide (Friday, May 18)
• Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use (Saturday, May 19)
WHO GETS INVOLVED IN THIS OBSERVANCE?
Community-based organizations, schools, community leaders, and behavioral health coalitions are the primary hosts of local NPW events. However, everyone can take part in NPW and plan events around one or all of the NPW topics.
Community Events Calendar