National Prevention Week: Take the Prevention Pledge

May 20-26 is National Prevention Week. Take the prevention pledge, talk to others about the prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of mental, emotional and behavioral well-being

Rushford and the Meriden Healthy Youth Council are pleased to promote National Prevention Week, a new annual health observance supported by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) that celebrates the work that community organizations and individuals do year-round to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

National Prevention Week is May 20-26th.  The inaugural theme is “We are the ones” and promotes how local communities are taking action.  A Statewide Media Campaign Press Conference is being held on May 21, 2012 at 1 p.m.  The press conference will be held at the State Capitol and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will lead off the press conference with an announcement of the launch of the Set the Rules CT  state media campaign for the prevention of underage drinking.  This press conference is being held on National Underage Drinking Prevention Day and promotes the work being done at the state and community levels. 

The five themed days are part of a statewide effort to provide a cohesive and consistent message for Connecticut’s youth. Each day will focus on SAMHSA’s themes on these particular topics. Links to resources are below:

• May 21: Prevention of Underage Drinking, for info visit www.settherulesct.org
• May 22: Prevention of Prescription and Illicit Drug Use. For info visit  http://www.ct.gov/dcp/lib/dcp/drug_control/pmp/pdf/taskflyer.pdf

• May 23: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse  https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/default.aspx or http://alcoholism.about.com/library/blnaa34.htm

 • May 24: Suicide Prevention           http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/suicide.aspx

 • May 25: Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being  http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview/

The Meriden Healthy Youth Council is comprised of individuals and organizations working to fill gaps in services and provide for a supportive healthy community in which to raise our youth.  We cant do this alone, we need your support. If you would like more information or to get involved, please contact me Sheryl Sprague at 203-630-5357 or sspragu@rushford.org

We hope you take the Prevention Pledge and share with others.

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