National Prevention Week Asks the Question “How Are You Taking Action?”
This is part of the critical message around "National Prevention Week," a new initiative from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as part of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Communities are invited to get involved in several activities that spread the message around National Prevention Week, such as rallies, media events and public celebrations from May 20 through May 26, 2012.
The theme for the week also centers on citizens being proactive in their communities and with their loved ones, asking the questions "We are the ones. How are you taking action?"
Even taking small steps, say organizers, makes a strong impact on helping others be more proactive about their mental wellness and helping guide them toward the life changes that can help prevent a powerful addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Each day of the National Prevention Week initiative addresses a key element of mental health and wellness related to substance abuse, such as helping guide teens toward resisting alcohol, addressing ways to stop the abuse of prescription medications, steps related to helping prevent acts of suicide and overall steps toward achieving strong mental wellness as part of overall wellness.
Activity ideas and materials are available online at the National Prevention Week official site, including a pledge users can make to help encourage their loved ones and community members to take steps now that can help them maintain an addiction-free life. The pledge is also utilizing social media tools to help spread the message.