National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This week long event is sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration), an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

This year, National Prevention Week takes place May 17th – 23rd, and the theme is “The Voice of One, the Power of All.” This theme highlights the important role that individuals and communities alike have in helping people lead healthy, productive lives. Through community involvement, partner engagement, and resource sharing, National Prevention Week strives to promote prevention strategies, educate others about behavioral health issues, and encourage collaboration throughout communities.

One of the daily themes for this year’s National Prevention Week is the promotion of mental health & wellness. Throughout the month of May, the Gallatin Mental Health Center is offering free educational opportunities for the public as part of their Mental Health Month Speaker series. Visit www.gallatinmentalhealth.org to find out more about the speaker series.

Healthy Behaviors, a component of the Community Health Improvement Plan , is a group of dedicated community stakeholders that are working on ways to mobilize prevention strategies in our community. To see what the Healthy Behaviors group worked on in 2014, click here.

To learn more about National Prevention Week, click here and be sure to check out the daily themes for the week:

Health Themes for 2015:

Monday, May 18th: Prevention of Tobacco Use

Tuesday, May 19th: Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Abuse

Wednesday, May 20th: Prevention of Opioid & Prescription Drug Abuse

Thursday, May 21st: Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use

Friday, May 22nd: Prevention of Suicide

Saturday, May 23rd: Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness