National Prevention Week, May 14-20, 2017

May 10, 2017

National Prevention Week, May 14 - 20, 2017, is sponsored annually by SAMHSA, the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation.

The National Prevention Week 2017 theme is "Making Each Day Count".  This theme highlights the important role that individuals and communities alike have in helping people lead healthy, productive lives and in raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and promotion of mental health. 

Proclamation: Mayor Emanuel Proclaims May 14-20 Prevention Week in Chicago

CDPH is kicking off Prevention Week with the digital campaign: #VoiceForPrevention

  • Participating is easy:Take a photo of yourself holding a “I Choose” sign with a personal message about why substance abuse prevention is important to you.
  • For example, "I choose prevention because I want to be healthy and happy,” or "I choose healthy activities.
  • ”Share the photo during Prevention Week via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #VoiceForPrevention and tag CDPH at @ChiPublicHealth.

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We Choose” banner
My SuperPower" banner

Show us on social media how "you can make each day count" by joining the NPW #PreventionPower monthly challenge.  Each month, there will be a new challenge question for you via social media using the NPW #PreventionPower monthly challenge.  Each month a new power question will be available for you to answer.  Learn more at

Organizations and schools can participate in different activities, such as hosting educational events and using social media in various ways. To find out how your organization can be involved in participating in prevention activities, and obtaining a toolkit for school or agency, contact us at 312.747.8818.

Six of the seven days during National Prevention Week have a suggested health topic:

  • Prevention of Tobacco Use (Monday, May 15)
  • Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse (Tuesday, May 16)
  • Prevention of Opioid & Prescription Drug Misuse (Wednesday, May 17)
  • Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use (Thursday, May 18)
  • Prevention of Suicide (Friday, May 19)
  • Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness (Saturday, May 20)

Data show that the percentage of marijuana, cigarette and alcohol use among youth increases between spring and summer.  The timing of Prevention Week each year in late May allows schools and parents to prepare for the seasons filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen; such as graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events and outdoor activities. (

There are three primary goals of National Prevention Week.

  • To involve communities in raising awareness of behavioral health issues and in implementing prevention strategies.
  • To foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health.
  • To promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications.

Chicago Prevention Week Partners: Asian Health Coalition, Prevention Partnership, Inc. and Youth Alternatives.

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