Take the Prevention Pledge | SAMHSA National Prevention Week

Take the Prevention Pledge | SAMHSA National Prevention Week

NationlPreventionWeek.SAMHSALend 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:


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.





Send your submission to SAMHSA's "I Choose" project

Send your submission 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 feedsFaceBook messages and so much more.

Lisa Frederiksen

Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant | Founder at BreakingTheCycles.com
Lisa is the author of hundreds of articles and 11 books, including "If You Loved Me, You'd Stop!," "Addiction Recovery: What Helps, What Doesn't," and "Secondhand Drinking: the Phenomenon That Affects Millions." She is a national keynote speaker with over 25 years speaking experience, consultant, and founder of BreakingTheCycles.com. She has spent more than 13 years studying 21st century brain research in order to write, speak, and consult on substance use disorders prevention, intervention and treatment; mental disorders; addiction (aka substance use disorders) as a brain disease; adolescent addiction treatment vs adult addiction treatment; effective treatment for co-occurring disorders (having both a substance use and mental disorder); secondhand drinking | drugging; help for the family; and related subjects. 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.

2 Responses to Take the Prevention Pledge | SAMHSA National Prevention Week

  1. Beth Wilson says:

    Hi Lisa! So glad you’re bringing SAMHSA’s annual prevention week to your reader’s attention! So often I think we don’t believe there’s anyway to participate in national awareness projects. The more we spread the word, the more folks are empowered to take action! Well done!

    • Hey Beth! I so agree – and it doesn’t have to be big (though it sure can be) – even the small things, like signing the pledge, can be huge as we show support in our numbers. Thanks for your comment and helping to spread the word!

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