Lend your support to SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week 2014, May 18 – 24. This is an annual event designed to increase public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. And for readers of this blog – we know how important prevention is and how many ways it’s needed – in our schools, workplaces, homes and communities. Prevention is key and the key to substance abuse, secondhand drinking, mental health issues and addiction prevention is knowledge. As always, SAMHSA provides many tools and resources to make your participation easy and meaningful. Here are just a few:
TAKE SAMHSA’s PREVENTION WEEK PLEDGE
Taking action can be as simple and important as taking the PREVENTION PLEDGE on SAMHSA’s Prevention Week FB page – it’s easy and you can also customize it (or not). Here’s why I signed the Pledge:
My life would have been radically different had the brain development, mental illness, addiction and stress-related research now available been part of our language, medical practices and culture in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Thankfully, it is now and the life I’m currently living is beyond my wildest dreams as a result. As an author, consultant and speaker, sharing this research is my passion and career. I believe prevention is key, and the key to prevention is our collectively knowing and embracing this new substance abuse, mental health and addiction-related research.
WATCH and SHARE this SHORT NATIONAL PREVENTION WEEK VIDEO
CHOOSE and SEND YOUR MESSAGE to SAMHSA’s “I CHOOSE PROJECT”
This is another easy way to participate. Simply take a picture of yourself holding a sign, “I Choose…” with your message of what you are choosing to do and then follow the submission directions at this link: “I Choose”
Click on this link to learn more about National Prevention Week. You’ll also find print, web and logo materials, information on what other communities are doing to celebrate, Twitter feeds, FaceBook messages and so much more.