Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Prevention Week from May 20 to 26 aims to put an end to substance abuse, suicide and illicit drug use. It’s also designed to promote physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

The week’s theme—“We are the ones. How are you taking action?”—asks people to consider what steps they can take—however large or small—to reduce substance abuse and promote healthy lifestyles in their own lives and in their communities.

Community events on each day of National Prevention Week are encouraged to focus on the following suggested health topics:

  • Monday, May 21 - Prevention of Underage Drinking
  • Tuesday, May 22 - Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
  • Wednesday, May 23 - Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
  • Thursday, May 24 - Suicide Prevention
  • Friday, May 25 - Promotion of Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Well-Being

To get involved, you can attend a National Prevention Week event, take the “Prevention Pledge” in Spanish, or educate yourself and your community with the resources in the National Prevention Week Toolkit.