May sure is busy with health-related awareness campaigns!
This week is National Prevention Week, a new SAMHSA-supported annual health observance that celebrates the work that community organizations and individuals do year-round to help prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.
This year’s theme is We are the ones. How are you taking action?
If you need some suggestions, here are some directly from the National Prevention Week website:
- 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 ) and the Trevor Project.
- Encourage 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 or on your blog or website.
- Encourage friends, family, neighbors, and loved ones to sign the Prevention Pledge!
So, how are you taking action to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being?