National Prevention Week


National Prevention Week (NPW) is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships.1 It will take place May 12-18 this year. Each day during NPW 2013 has a suggested theme that organizations and coalitions can use to guide the focus of community event(s):

Sunday, May 12
Pevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use (New for 2013!)

Monday, May 13
Prevention of Underage Drinking

Tuesday, May 14
Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use

Wednesday, May 15
Prevention of Alcohol Abuse

Thursday, May 16
Suicide Prevention

Friday, May 17
Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being

For more information visit the National Prevention Week page of the observance's sponsoring organization, the Susbtance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This website features myriad interesting content including...

  • information about events in your area
  • tips about how you can use social media to address substance abuse and mental health issues with your friends
  • resources for learning more about substance abuse and mental health issues
  • a fun photo challenge (AKA the "I Choose" Project)
  • fliers and other promotional items

The Prescription Drug Subcommitee of the Lawton/Ft. Sill Community Coalition has also produced NPW-themed materials. See below.

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LFSCC Materials
Flier (both sides shown above)
Two-Sided Bookmark



1. Description taken from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's National Prevention Week website, http://www.samhsa.gov/preventionweek/