DBHDD recognizes National Prevention Week, May 20-26

May 18, 2012

ATLANTA (GA) – The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is joining SAMHSA to celebrate National Prevention Week, May 20 – 26. This year's theme is, "We are the ones. How are you taking action?"

The newly designated month is an annual health observance that celebrates the work that community organizations and individuals do year-round to prevent substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

"One of our substance abuse prevention providers, the Clinic for Education, Treatment & Prevention of Addictions, has been chosen as a national prevention week site," said Travis Fretwell, MAC, director of DBHDD’s Office of Prevention Services and Programs. “I encourage you to visit to learn more about various activities that are planned for this first annual National Prevention Week.  We expect to host more events and activities in Georgia during next year’s observance."

The summer is a season filled with celebrations and recreational activities that can potentially be linked to substance use and abuse. National Prevention Week 2012 was timed to allow schools to take part in prevention-themed events before the school year ends. National Prevention Week 2012 will help to raise awareness in youth at this crucial time of year.

Georgians can participate in events and take the pledge which commits to a healthy lifestyle. For more information on Nation Prevention Week and the pledge, please visit http://dbhdd.georgia.gov/prevention.

Contact Information: 
Kristie N. Swink (knswink@dhr.state.ga.us)