National Prevention Week (NPW) is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors NPW, which is held each year during the third week of May, near the start of summer.
Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as at graduation parties, proms, weddings, sporting events, and outdoor activities.
National Prevention Week is timed to allow schools to take part in a prevention-themed event before the school year ends, raising awareness in students of all ages.
For more information, visit http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week/about