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National Prevention Week - May 8-14, 2022

Publication Date: May 06, 2022


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SAMHSA's National Prevention Week (NPW) is a national public education platform bringing together communities and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. 

The 2022 SAMHSA Prevention Day (SPD) event kicked off National Prevention Week (May 8 – 14) activities, and was delivered virtually through an interactive online conference platform.


Purpose of National Prevention Week

The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:

  • Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs;
  • Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and
  • Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.


Each year, National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2022 daily themes are:

  • Monday, May 9: Strengthening Community Resilience: Substance Misuse and Overdose Prevention
  • Tuesday, May 10: Preventing Substance Use and Promoting Mental Health in Youth
  • Wednesday, May 11: Preventing Suicide: Everyone Plays a Role 
  • Thursday, May 12: The Talent Pipeline: Enhancing the Prevention Workforce
  • Friday, May 13: Prevention is Everywhere: Highlighting Efforts Across Settings and Communities
  • Saturday, May 14: Celebrating Prevention Heroes









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Get Involved With National Prevention Week 2022!


National Prevention Week - May 8-14, 2022 - #MyPreventionStory

This year, SAMHSA is creating a new way to participate in National Prevention Week (NPW) through #MyPreventionStory. It is a way for us to acknowledge our mental health and substance use prevention experiences. 

Leading up to NPW, SAMHSA will be encouraging individuals and organizations to create and share a prevention story on social media—whether it’s telling how they are helping to prevent substance use or sharing the ways they’re promoting mental health during COVID-19. Be a part of the national conversation about how prevention works!

How You Can Be Included: #MyPreventionStory is about capturing our collective mental health and substance misuse prevention experiences. Here are some ideas for how individuals and organizations can get involved. This is not a complete list, and all entries are welcome, including videos, photos, artwork, poems, written stories, etc. Feel free to submit multiple entries. Get involved.

We will be sharing resources all week based on the daily themes for #NPW2022. Follow @SoutheastPTTC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.