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May 18-24th is National Prevention Week 2014!

National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA*-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week is held each year at the start of summer; recognizing that this is the time of proms, graduations, weddings, and other celebrations. Statistics show that "the percentages of marijuana, cigarette and alcohol initiates among youth increase between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July)1, and the timing of National Prevention Week helps to educate young people and their families at this crucial time of year."

The theme of this year's prevention week is "Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future." The goal is to highlight how individuals can maintain healthy lifestyles and ensure a productive future. The Daily Health Themes include:

Sunday, May 18: Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use
Monday, May 19: Prevention of Underage Drinking
Tuesday, May 20: Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use
Wednesday, May 21: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
Thursday, May 22: Prevention of Suicide
Friday, May 23: Promotion of Mental Health

There are many ways YOU can make a difference and participate in National Prevention Week 2014. You can take the Prevention Pledge on SAMHSA's Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/samhsa) or participate in the "I Choose" Project by submitting a photo with your reason for choosing prevention. For additional information about how you can participate, visit the National Prevention Week website at http://beta.samhsa.gov/prevention-week.

*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1. The NSDUH Report: Seasonality of Youth's First-Time Use of Marijuana, Cigarettes or Alcohol. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, June 4, 2004. Website: www.samhsa.gov/data/2k4/season/season.htm.

Monthly Messages are brought to you by:

The Community Coalition for Healthy Youth
Each monthly message is provided by coalition board members. If you have further questions or comments about this message or would like information on how to become involved with the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth, please email ahendrix@tompkins-co.org

Thank you in advance for forwarding this monthly message on to all of your networks.
Community Coalition for Healthy Youth
320 W. State/MLK Jr. Street
Ithaca NY 14850
( http://healthyyouth.org/)

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