All events for National Prevention Week 2019
National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.
Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will take place May 12 through 18, 2019. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.
This year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2019 daily themes are:
• Monday, May 13: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
• Tuesday, May 14: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
• Wednesday, May 15: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
• Thursday, May 16: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use
• Friday, May 17: Preventing Suicide
The timing of National Prevention Week provides a timely opportunity for schools and organizations to host prevention-themed events and activities before the school year ends, raising awareness about this important issue among students and their families. These are key periods of social transitions, a risk factor for youth substance use, and an opportunity to develop or strengthen the community, school, and family bonds that protect young people from substance use and strengthen community health overall. Adolescents and full-time college students most often use substances for the first time during June or July, according to SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data on adolescents – 2012 (PDF | 704 KB) and NSDUH data on full-time college students – 2015 (PDF | 1.2 MB).Find out more »