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National Prevention Week is an annual health observance promoted by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and is dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.
This year National Prevention Week takes place May 17-23, 2015.
National Prevention Week is held each year during the third week of May, near the start of summer. Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events, and outdoor activities. National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages. The percentages of marijuana, cigarette, and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July)1, and the timing of National Prevention Week helps to educate young people and their families at this crucial time of year.(www.samsha.gov)
This year, the Coalition for Healthy Communities will run a social media campaign to promote National Prevention Week activities.
Daily at exactly 2:00 pm, each of the Coalition’s task forces will implement Thunderclap , a social media platform that enables organizations to rally people together to spread a specific message. The Coalition's campaign will deliver one message on a single day and try to reach as many people as possible.
The Coalition's Thunderclap campaign will be implemented as follows:
Please check out our Facebook and Twitter pages during National Prevention Week to be involved in our first try at a Thunderclap!!