The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) kicks off its annual National Prevention Week, starting May 15-21, 2016. And its SAMHSA’s goal is to not only raise awareness.
It Is also to help prevent drug addiction and alcoholism through action. You can participate today by taking their Prevention Pledge on the SAMHSA’s Facebook page: Sign the Pledge!
2016 National Prevention Week Goals
Because the slogan for this year’s National Prevention Week is, “Strong As One. Stronger Together.” All week long, SAMHSA will be hosting events and promoting mental health awareness and substance abuse issues as it pertains to the 2016 National Prevention Week.
To involve communities in raising awareness of behavioral health issues and in implementing prevention strategies.
Also to foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health.
To promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications.
“I Choose” Project
“I Choose,” “My Superpower Is,” or “We Choose” is a project started by SAMHSA for National Prevention Week, and this year, even more people are getting involved to help promote the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. You can join in on the project by sending your image here: NewMedia@samhsa.hhs.gov
Alcohol & Drug Relapse Prevention
Hence, prevention doesn’t just start and end with someone who has never used drugs or drunk alcohol; prevention is also important for the addict or alcoholic in recovery. Knowing the signs of a relapse and working a program of recovery are excellent prevention tools to make sure you, or your loved one, continues to stay clean and sober long-term.
Prevention Is Key
In conclusion, not everyone has to suffer the devastating effects of addiction, and prevention has been a proven method in helping alleviate the problem as a whole. Also, the stigma of mental health and addiction has crippled this nation and we need to speak up, raise awareness, help prevent, and work towards treating addicts, alcoholics, and anyone who is struggling from a mental health disorder. The more voices that speak up, the more the solution is heard. So speak up and help prevent drug and alcohol abuse today.
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