Take Action During National Prevention Week

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2012 National Prevention Week Banner.

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 (post removed) 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.

Find Help Near You

Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other mental health services in your area. If you are in an emergency situation, this toll-free, 24-hour hotline can help you get through this difficult time: call 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We also have step by step guides on what to do to help yourself, a friend or a family member.

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