National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. 
Please join RCFY as we recognize National Prevention Week:  May 10 through 16, 2020, as we come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.  

We kicked off the week with a presentation via Zoom with DEA New England Special Agent Jon Delena about Drug Trafficking during COVID-19, and why prevention is more important than ever. This presentation is just over an hour long and you can view it on our YouTube Channel: 

This is a very important week of awareness.  Thank you to everyone who joined us for our May monthly RCFY meeting on May 14, Thursday morning, 9:00 - 10:30 am. We will have a recording of that meeting uploaded to our YouTube channel soon. 

Please see the important information below from SAMHSA about the days, resources and messages to help support our young people making healthy choices.  

It’s our favorite time of the year—time to recognize all the important work that has been done in communities throughout the year to inspire action and prevent substance use and mental disorders.

We know this year has presented unique challenges in organizing activities related to National Prevention Week (NPW), but we still want to hear about all the work you’ve done for NPW, whether it’s virtual or taking place at a later date. Share your prevention work with us so that your story can help inspire others!

Check out some of the top federal publications, campaigns, and resources related to each of the NPW daily themes below, and visit the NPW Prevention Resources page for more resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support your work.

Monday, May 11: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse Tuesday, May 12: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse Wednesday, May 13: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use Thursday, May 14: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)
Everyone can join in this year’s Prevention Challenge, #PreventionHappensHere. Participation is easy, and you can do it from your home! That’s right, this challenge takes place on social media and you can participate in three easy steps:
  1. Download and fill out your own #PreventionHappensHere sign to tell us where you practice prevention (available in Spanish, too!)
  2. Take a photo or video of yourself with your sign.
  3. Post it to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and/or Snapchat). Remember to use the #PreventionHappensHere and #NPW2020 hashtags, geotag your post, and tag your coworkers, family, and friends to participate!
If you aren’t able to print the #PreventionHappensHere sign, that’s OK! Just follow steps 2 and 3 to share your prevention selfie and answer the sign question in your post caption.
Whether you are preventing prescription drug and opioid misuse, underage drinking and alcohol misuse, illicit drug use and youth marijuana use, youth tobacco use (especially e-cigarette use and vaping), or suicide in your community—or promoting positive mental health during the COVID-19 crisis—SAMHSA wants to hear from you!


Public Health Analyst
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
Division of Systems Development
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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