National Prevention Week

Last Updated: Thursday, April 23, 2020

National Prevention Week is May 10-16, 2020

National Prevention Week logoPrevention Week (NPW), hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is an annual national health observance focused on increasing the prevention of substance use and the promotion of mental health. Each year, communities and organizations across ​the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and mental health promotion.

There are many ways for organizations and individuals to get involved during NPW, from hosting a prevention-themed event to participating in SAMHSA’s social media challenge...


NPW 2020: #PreventionHappensHere

National Prevention Week graphicParticipate in the social media challenge! Announce where prevention happens for you in three easy steps:


Daily Themes

In addition, every year National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2020 daily themes are:

Monday, May 11: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse

Tuesday, May 12: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

Wednesday, May 13: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use

Thursday, May 14: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)

Friday, May 15: Preventing Suicide


Looking for Ways to Commemorate Prevention Week?

SAMHSA created two lists - one for organizations and the other for individuals -  of activities you or your group can do for Prevention Week. Check out the links below.

7 Things You Can Do For National Prevention Week (pdf)

7 Things Organizations Can Do For National Prevention Week (pdf)



If you’re thinking about or already planning an NPW event, check out the NPW Planning Toolkit for ideas and free resources. And don’t miss the NPW webinar series, covering important topics such as opioid addiction, substance use prevention, and more. 


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