As May is now upon us and summer is rapidly approaching, it is time to observe National Prevention Week. National Prevention Week is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The main purpose of National Prevention Week is to increase public awareness of both substance abuse and mental health issues in an effort to increase general public action toward reducing and resolving these problems. Individuals, organizations and coalitions in communities all across the country work hard during National Prevention Week to promote various prevention strategies, educate others and build stronger partnerships in the fight against substance abuse and mental health issues.
The three main goals of National Prevention Week include communities working together to raise awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues and to implement effective prevention strategies, to establish partnerships with federal agencies and national organizations that are dedicated to the issues of public health and to promote valuable and effective resources that can be used in the prevention and treatment of these issues.
National Prevention Week 2015
National Prevention Week is held annually during the third week of May. This particular timing was specifically chosen as it is just before the summer season, which is often filled with many different celebrations and recreational activities that often seem to invite substance abuse. Furthermore, many individuals may consider the summer season a time to relax, kick back and turn to substance use with their peers, friends and family members. By planning National Prevention Week just prior to the summer season, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration seeks to not only address some of the issues that may come up over the summer months, but also give schools an opportunity to participate in substance abuse prevention activities prior to the end of the school year. It has been found that new marijuana, cigarette and alcohol use among youth increase between spring and summer, which means that educating young individuals during this exact time is highly beneficial.
While the focus of the week is, of course, substance abuse and mental health issues prevention over all categories, National Prevention Week 2015 is further broken down into six specifically-themed days, as follows:
● Monday, May 18th – Prevention of Tobacco Use
● Tuesday, May 19th – Prevention of Underage Drinking and Alcohol Abuse
● Wednesday, May 20th – Prevention of Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse
● Thursday, May 21st – Prevention of Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
● Friday, May 22nd – Prevention of Suicide
● Saturday, May 23rd – Promotion of Mental Health and Wellness
There are many communities and organizations that participate in various substance abuse prevention activities all year long, and bring them all together during National Prevention Week. While the specific messages and prevention methods of each community, group and event may be different, the most important factor is wide participation in the fight against substance abuse and mental health issues.
How Narconon Celebrates National Prevention Week
Narconon is a holistic drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment facility that aids individuals in overcoming their problems with these substances by giving them the tools they need to take back control of their own lives. In addition to providing these invaluable services, Narconon is deeply involved in any and all substance abuse preventative measures taken by groups, communities and all others. Providing their own highly effective drug prevention education lectures, Narconon deeply believes in the power of the truth – and that individuals who are given the facts about drug and alcohol substances and their effects are better able to make the wise choice and abstain from the use of these substances. National Prevention Weeks is a wonderful opportunity for Narconon to join with other groups to spread the truth about drugs and alcohol and thereby better prevent their use and abuse.