SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW) is May 8 through 14, 2022

March 30, 2022

National Prevention Week - May 8-14, 2022


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.


SAMHSA's 18th Annual Prevention Day
Monday, May 9, 2022: 9:45 am - 5:30 pm EDT

Click HERE for information on Prevention Day.

Click HERE for the Agenda at a Glance.

Choose your Prevention Week Events to attend!



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

  •  REGISTRATION IS LIVE! Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan - May 11, 2022, at 1:00 pm This webinar is hosted by the New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (HHS Region 1), a program funded through SAMHSA, in collaboration with the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. Register here.

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


National Prevention Week - May 8-14, 2022 - #MyPreventionStoryThis 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 @NewEnglandPTTC on Twitter and Facebook


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