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National Prevention Week is May 15-21

Filed in Community/PACT, News by on May 16, 2016 • views: 422
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting its annual National Prevention Week, held May 15 to 21. Dedicated to increasing public awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues, NPW works to educate the public about the importance of preventing substance abuse and mental disorders before they occur.

Here at Pelham PACT, we focus on preventing substance use in teens and Pelham youth in several ways:

  • As a community, highlighting and rewarding Pelham Youth who demonstrate outstanding personal qualities, make healthy choices and serve as a positive influence on their peers, through our Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award.
  • As parents, talking with our children about how they can make safe and healthy decisions for themselves, through our “We Connect. It Matters.” initiative.
  • As an organization, serving as a resource and connecting community partners around the goal of serving our town’s youth.

This year’s NPW theme is “Strong As One. Stronger Together.” and there are several ways you can get involved. On Tuesday, CADCA is hosting a webinar, in partnership with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), on engaging youth who come from a Native/Tribal background. This is part of their Youth Engagement series, which will also feature webinars about engaging with LGBTQ youth, Military youth, African American/Black youth, and more. And then on Thursday, May 19, SAMHSA is hosting a webinar on “Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Changing Perception of Risk,” from 2:00-3:00pm.

SAMHSA is also collecting photos from youth, parents, and community members for the “I Choose” project. Participating is easy: take a photograph of yourself holding a sign with your personal message about why substance abuse prevention or mental health is important to you. Email it or post it to SAMHSA’s social media accounts to join the movement. On Facebook, you can also take the “Prevention Pledge” and tell your story, showing support for NPW.

Additionally, beyond NPW, SAMHSA is also looking for mobile- and tech-savvy folks to consider submitting an idea for its Create an Opioid Recovery App Challenge. Create an innovative mobile app to provide opioid recovery support for patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, and you could win $15,000!

And, as always, we encourage you to talk to the teens and youth in your life. Tell them your story and why you choose to support substance abuse prevention in our community!

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