National Prevention Week

In addition to May being Mental Health Monday, this week is National Prevention Week! This is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders.

According to SAMHSA, the three primary goals of National Prevention Week (NPW) are to:

  • Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs
  • Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health
  • Promote and disseminate quality substance use prevention and mental health promotion resources and publications.


NPW is a public education platform that promotes prevention year-round through providing ideas, capacity building, tools, and resources to help individuals and communities make substance use prevention happen every day.

Find out more at and follow along with the daily themes on Twitter with the hashtags #NationalPreventionWeek and #PreventionHappensHere.