National Prevention Week

Last Updated: Friday, May 7, 2021

National Prevention Week is May 9-15, 2021

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 2021: #YouthLeadingPrevention Video Challenge

In honor of NPW’s 10th anniversary, SAMHSA wants to highlight the outstanding prevention impacts that have been achieved, with an emphasis on youth leading prevention efforts.

Here’s How It Works

Identify youth leaders in your programs and encourage them to create and post videos to their social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) about their prevention efforts. Be sure they tag @SAMHSAgov and use the hashtag #YouthLeadingPrevention. Learn more.


Daily Themes

In addition, every year National Prevention Week includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2021 daily themes are:

Monday, May 10: Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse

Tuesday, May 11: Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse

Wednesday, May 12: Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use

Thursday, May 13: Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)

Friday, May 14: Preventing Suicide


Looking for Ways to Commemorate Prevention Week?

There are many ways to bring National Prevention Week (NPW) to your community. Check out this list on SAMHSA's website to learn more.


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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