MAYVILLE, N.Y.: National Prevention Week is taking place this week, May 9 through 15, 2021. National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance use and promotion of positive mental health. This year’s observance is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA.)
National Prevention Week includes daily themes that focus on major mental health and substance use topics:
Monday May 10 - Preventing Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse
Tuesday May 11 - Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse
Wednesday May 12 - Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use
Thursday May 13 - Preventing Youth Tobacco Use (E-Cigarettes and Vaping)
Friday May 14 – Preventing Suicide National Prevention Week
A local initiative supporting substance use prevention is CombatAddictionCHQ. CombatAddictionCHQ serves to support and coordinate the efforts of addiction services providers throughout Chautauqua County. A local website, www.combataddictionchq.com, includes a services locator tool to easily find help for addiction services in our area.
“Prevention is essential for addressing addiction in our county. Helping residents of all ages, and especially young people, avoid substance misuse, is a central element of the work of CombatAddictionCHQ. Thankfully, our county greatly benefits from the work of agencies such as Prevention Works.” Said Steve Kilburn, Grant Director at the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene.
The Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County is another local initiative supported by CCDMH that is dedicated to protecting and promoting life by fostering shared responsibility through raising awareness and community supports while embracing hopefulness and resiliency in Chautauqua County.
By visiting www.preventsuicidechq.com you can find help if you are in a crisis, are worried about a family member, have lost someone, survived an attempt or would like to learn more about suicide prevention in our area.
You can follow CCDMH, combataddictionchq and the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County on Facebook and on their Instagram pages @mentalhygienechq, @combataddictionchq and @preventsuicidechq for more information about local and national resources. To learn more about SAMHSA and National Prevention Week you can visit www.samhsa.gov.
If you need help and are in a crisis, you can call the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline 24/7 at 1-800--724-0461.