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.




Podcasts to Check Out

Earlier in the week, we shared some resources to get connected with your local eLibrary, but did you know you can find podcasts for free online, too? While apps like Spotify and Apple Music make it easy to search for podcasts, all podcasts are available online for free. Plus, by now, there is a podcast on almost every topic. Such genres are news, educational, comedy, true crime, business, sports, celebrities, video games, lifestyle, health, and more. There are podcasts suited to all ages and they provide a great alternative to watching videos or television.

Some podcasts we enjoy are:



Highlights of the Week

It’s already May! Here are some highlights from the week.

  • A local Navy Veteran celebrated his 100th birthday and received a special parade – Watch here
  • A San Diego company has switched from making sunglasses to tens of thousands goggles –  Read about it here

More good news can be found at the Good News Network, Upworthy, and Good News from Today.




Free Online Learning

As we continue to practice physical distancing, we can take this time to be productive by learning a new skill or enhancing skills we already have. This could include:

Learning Microsoft 365

Learning a language

Improving your typing skills

Taking a college course or learn almost anything online

Remember, learning can be fun, too. If the above topics seem too dense, there are options to learn a large variety of subjects. There is even a Dog Emotion and Cognition course on Coursera!

Happy learning!


Recipes to Try While Sheltering in Place

Are your frequent walks to the kitchen while working from home not satisfactory? In this article you can find some links to check out if you are looking to diversify your meals or pick up cooking or baking as a new hobby. If you are new to cooking, try watching YouTube videos to learn basic skills.

You probably already have most of the ingredients needed for bread. Here is a link to 15 different types of bread you can try making.

Here are recipes for some famous foods that have been released. Highlights include Disney’s Dole Whip and churro bites recipes.

Recipes with 5 ingredients or less can be found at this USA Today link. has a page specifically devoted to Quarantine Cooking. These recipes are based on foods you might already have in your freezer or cupboard.

Cooking can be fun and maybe this is the time to spend more hours in the kitchen or learn new skills!