National Prevention Week (NPW) is a SAMHSA-sponsored campaign dedicated to increasing the prevention of substance use and promotion of mental health by promoting prevention year-round.
The week-long National Prevention Week observance that occurs each May brings individuals, organizations, coalitions, states, and communities together to celebrate the events and activities that communities have held all year to raise awareness about the importance of preventing substance use and mental disorders.
NPW takes place May 12–18, 2019. Near the kickoff of summer, this week is an ideal time for communities to come together to celebrate their successes 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.
This year's NPW theme—"Inspiring Action. Changing Lives."—reminds us that we can all inspire positive change through the year. Every day and everywhere, whether we make healthy choices for ourselves or inspire others to do so, the small actions we take can change lives for the better.
Five of the seven days during NPW have a suggested health topic that organizations and coalitions can use to guide the focus of community events:
Community-based organizations, schools, community leaders, and behavioral health coalitions are the primary hosts of local NPW events and activities. However, everyone can take part in NPW and plan events around one or all of the NPW topics.
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