From  May 15–21, 2016, SAMHSA will host, promote and encourage preventative behavioral health events nationwide.

SAMHSA describes the Prevention Week as "dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, prevention of mental and/or substance use disorders." This is a time "[during which] community organizations across the country host health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, town hall meetings, memorial walks, social media campaigns, outdoor events, and more."

To participate in Prevention Week, take a look at these events in particular, as quoted from the SAMHSA website:

  1. Watch the National Prevention Week 2016 kick-off webcast on Monday, May 16, 2016, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
  2. Participate in SAMHSA's #NPW2016 Twitter Chat focusing on suicide prevention on Friday, May 20, 2016, from 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time, featuring Torrey DeVitto (Prevention Week Ambassador, star of Chicago Med).
  3. Register for the National Prevention Week 2016 webinar, "Preventing Youth Marijuana Use: Changing Perception of Risk," on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

You can also follow Prevention Week via twitter using #NPW2016.

To learn more about these efforts and events, read SAMHSA's original message.