National Prevention Week ~ May 12 – May 18, 2013

This year, the theme for National Prevention Week is: “Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference.” Building on this theme, SAMHSA is initiating the “I Choose” Project, a way for you to make a difference, be a positive example, and inspire others.

Participating is easy! All you have to do is take a photograph of yourself holding a sign with your personal message about why substance abuse prevention or mental health is important to you. For example, you could say “I choose prevention because I want to be healthy and happy.” Or you could write “I choose treatment…” or another “I choose” statement, such as “I choose not to give up because things do get better.”

Then, send your photo to SAMHSA will review and post your photo to the “I Choose” photo gallery*. The “I Choose” Project begins on February 4, 2013 and will continue through National Prevention Week, which takes place May 12-18, 2013.

*Photos will not be posted if they contain:

·         Partisan political views.
Commercial endorsements.
Discriminatory, racist, offensive, obscene, inflammatory, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable statements, language or content.

This year’s theme for National Prevention Week, Your Voice, Your Choice, is meant to emphasize that prevention starts with the choices each of us make in our own lives. Through our choices, we can set an example of health and well-being for others.  With our voices, whether spoken or written, we can raise awareness and help create healthier and safer communities.

Summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities where substance use and abuse can happen, such as 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.