Take the Pledge – The National Prevention Week Pledge

Take the Pledge - The National Prevention Week Pledge

Take the National Prevention Week Pledge

National Prevention Week is a new annual health observance supported by SAMHSA that celebrates the work that community organizations and individuals do year-round to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

National Prevention Week starts today, May 20, and continues through May 26, 2012, and this year’s theme is We are the ones. How are you taking action? Here’s the week’s celebrations at a glance:


National Prevention Week 2012 Themes

Monday, May 21

Prevention of Underage Drinking

Tuesday, May 22

Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use

Wednesday, May 23

Prevention of Alcohol Abuse

Thursday, May 24

Suicide Prevention

Friday, May 25

Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being

Everyone can play a role in prevention.

Small actions can make a big difference! You can help prevent substance abuse and promote mental health in your own life and the lives of those in your community by participating in the “Prevention Pledge” and taking one or more of the following actions:

  • Talk to others about the prevention of substance use and the promotion of mental, emotional and behavioral well-being.
  • Attend a National Prevention Week 2012 event.
  • Host a drug- and alcohol-free party or event.
  • Learn about and support suicide prevention programs such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]) and the Trevor Project exit disclaimer small icon.
  • Encourage your children, friends and/or family members to improve their mental, emotional, and behavioral health by promoting rest, a healthy diet, physical exercise, and time outdoors.
  • Point loved ones in the direction of resources that can help them improve their mental, emotional and behavioral well-being.
  • Talk with a friend or loved one who has been having a difficult time and discuss things that are bothering him/her.
  • Be a role model in your community by abstaining from alcohol abuse and illicit drug use.
  • Volunteer with a community program or organization that provides support for at-risk populations such as youth, Tribal communities, and military families.
  • Encourage your local school district to implement an alcohol and substance use prevention program and provide programs to promote students’ mental health.
  • Spread the prevention message online by posting about and linking to National Prevention Week 2012 on your Facebook and Twitter pages, and on your blog or Web site.
  • Encourage friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones to sign the Prevention Pledge!

Visit SAMHSA’s Facebook page to take the “Prevention Pledge,” and make a difference in your community!

Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com
Lisa is the author of nine books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!", and is a national keynote speaker, consultant and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 12 years researching, writing, speaking and consulting on substance misuse prevention, intervention and treatment; mental illness; addiction as a brain disease; effective co-occurring disorders' treatment; secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family and related subjects – all centered around 21st century brain and addiction-related research. In 2015, she founded SHD Prevention, providing training and consulting to companies, public agencies, unions, nonprofits and other entities to address the workplace impacts of employee secondhand drinking and alcohol misuse.

3 Responses to Take the Pledge – The National Prevention Week Pledge

  1. D. says:

    Thank you for these tremendous resources Lisa . . . I have spent the last few hours pulling up things online and am truly grateful for the information.

  2. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing this important information.

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