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Take Action During National Prevention Week

Take Action During National Prevention Week

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Sara Bellum
May 22, 2012

This week is the first annual National Prevention Week (NPW)—a celebration of what people and organizations do in their communities to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and to promote mental and emotional well-being. We want to celebrate every teen that makes healthy choices when it comes to drug abuse and mental health.

How Are You Taking Action?

Most teens don’t use illegal drugs or drink alcohol. Instead, they focus on their futures, school, hobbies, family, sports, clubs, etc. You can participate in National Prevention Week by spreading the word that most teens make healthy choices and by encouraging others to think twice before taking risks with their health and safety.

Each day during the week, National Prevention Week focuses on a different theme:

Teens standing in a circle on a sunny day.

Monday: Prevention of Underage Drinking

Tuesday: Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use

Wednesday: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse

Thursday: Suicide Prevention

Friday: Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being  

You can set a positive example for your friends and family by posting a message on Facebook about your commitment to a healthy lifestyle, focusing on the daily theme. Or, tweet about the daily theme using the hashtag #NPW2012. It only takes one person to make a difference!

Take the Prevention Pledge on Facebook

Along with setting a good example, you can do other things to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and promote mental health in your own life and the lives of those you love. You could talk with someone who’s having a difficult time, or encourage your friends to eat healthy and exercise. Read and take NPW’s Prevention Pledge on Facebook to learn more about ways you can help.

Share NPW’s Official PSA Developed by Teens

In February 2011, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration challenged teens to create an original 15- or 30-second public service announcement (PSA) that showed how young people are working to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and promote mental health in their communities. The winning PSA, "I Am More Than Meets the Eye,” was made by a group of young adults and teenagers from Richmond, California. Inspire more teens to help their communities by sharing this PSA on your social media pages:

What will you do to celebrate National Prevention Week? Is your school or community participating? We’d like to hear about it in your comments.

Comments

Yes, healthy teenager are the hope of the nation. Let us build the future of the nation now. Let's start a healthy life from now on.
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You will know you’re addicted if you can’t stop despite really wanting to (knowing how bad they are for you and all). Nicotine is highly addictive, so if you smoke 6 cigarettes a day, you probably are addicted. There are many ways to help you quit, and different methods work for different people. You may want to talk to your doctor for some suggestions on what will work best for you.

The sadder and sadder statistics that young people are more often abusing with alhohol as part of their youth trends requires stricter measures to be undertaken. Drug and alcohol prevention intiative ought to play the role of an eye openers to them, reminding them of the harmful effects of this substances. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

Taking alcohol and drugs really damages life. Today's teen should have the thinking of healthy life and healthy living. save life and enjoy the living with prevention from illegal drugs and alcohol. This "National Prevention Week" playing a good role in this matter.

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We fully support this - what a wonderful idea. As healthcare providers, we all too often see the sad results of drug and alcohol abuse in the form of car accidents (both as the offender and the victim). We are all responsible to help our youth by way of education, support and constant vigilance.
David Berman / CEO
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The frightening statistics show that more and more young people are abusing with drugs and alcohol. There should be more campaigns like that to promote healthy life and to help for the proper protection from this addiction. Young people are your tomorrow!
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Interesting post, I definitely agree with the first point! What does everyone else think? Do agree? After only just discovering your blog tonight I'm gonna have a further look around and subscribe. Keep up the good work man!

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I enjoyed reading your post, great points and information. Thanks!

Thanks Sara Bellum for this great article about National Prevention Week in regards to Prevention of Underage Drinking, Prevention of Alcohol Abuse, Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use, Suicide Prevention, and Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being. Personally, I know atleast 100 Teens who struggle with the areas you are trying to remedy. Keep up the good Fight !

- Daniel

Love your website! Thanks for taking the time to share with everyone.

The frightening statistics show that more and more young people are abusing with drugs and alcohol. There should be more campaigns like that to promote healthy life and to help for the proper protection from this addiction. Young people are your tomorrow!
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i love this post,thx for sharing

Taking alcohol and drugs really damages life. Today’s teen should have the thinking of healthy life and healthy living. save life and enjoy the living with prevention from illegal drugs and alcohol. This “National Prevention Week” playing a good role in this matter. The frightening statistics show that more and more young people are abusing with drugs and alcohol. There should be more campaigns like that to promote healthy life and to help for the proper protection from this addiction. Young people are your tomorrow![commercial link removed, per guidelines]

really good post and good information i ready it properly alcohol damages every part of body

I would like to point out that the marijuana section and it's gaint rant on the "Dangers" of it are not actually true, but complete misconceptions. For example, "9 percent of users become dependant on it." It's actually 6 but even then you may start to compare that to every day hobbies or non-drug related activites. There has been no records to date of deaths lead from the use of marijuana, but if you were to happen to also involve alcohol in most cases then a real threat is posed. Potential memory loss is only viable in a certain kind of cannabis named "Indica" that slows the body and relaxes. "Sativa" stimulates the body and has been known to stimulate brain cell growth. All other drugs I will stand up against, but as for marijauna the lack of harm and for the potential possible uses for cannabis I stand with. This site displays many incorrect facts and/or out-dated. People need more true knowledge.

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