2013 National Women's Health and National Prevention Week!

May 15, 2013 marks the mid-point of both National Women’s Health Week and National Prevention Week.  Below are links to a wealth of information you can use in support of promoting wellness related to mental health and substance abuse. Enjoy, share and promote!


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National Women’s Health Week (http://womenshealth.gov/nwhw/) May 12-18, 2013

National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health and its importance. It also empowers women to make their health a priority and encourages them to take the following five steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Get active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet, and texting while driving.

Mental Health:

  • Good mental health is an important part of a woman's overall health. Here you will find information about mental health issues that affect women and links to the best organizations and publications on mental health.
  • http://womenshealth.gov/mental-health/

Suicide Prevention Information and Resources:

Substance Abuse:

Tobacco Cessation:

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National Prevention Week (http://www.samhsa.gov/preventionweek/) May 12-18, 2013


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This SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships. Sign and share the "Prevention Pledge" on SAMHSA’s Facebook page to make a difference and commit to a healthy lifestyle. This year's theme, "Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference.," emphasizes that the prevention of substance abuse and promotion of mental health starts with the choices each of us makes in our own life. Through our choices, we can set an example of health and well-being for others. With our voices—whether spoken or written—we can raise awareness of behavioral health issues and help create healthier and safer communities.


The National Prevention Week 2013 Toolkit is now available! Visit SAMHSA’s Store to download the Toolkit, which provides resources for National Prevention Week 2013 events and year-round prevention efforts.

National Prevention Week Website

Information on each of these topics is available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/preventionweek/resources.aspx

  • Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use
  • Prevention of Underage Drinking
  • Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
  • Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being

National Prevention Week materials in Spanish: http://www.samhsa.gov/preventionweek/spanish.aspx



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Our nation’s states and communities provide many evidence-based programs and strategies promoting mental and emotional well-being and preventing substance abuse. SAMHSA applauds their excellent work in showing that prevention works. As a result of states’ and communities’ concerted prevention efforts, important progress has been made in many areas, such as in the decline of underage binge and heavy drinking rates between 2002 and  2011.  However, much work remains to be done.

  • The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths each year.
  • One quarter of young people between the age of 12 and 20 currently drink alcohol, and an estimated 6 million participated in binge drinking at least once in the last 30 days.
  • Approximately 23 million Americans aged 12 or older, or roughly 9 percent of the population in this age group, are current illicit drug users.  
    • This includes individuals who use illicit drugs, as well as the approximately 6 million people who report that they currently use prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes.
  • Each year, suicide accounts for more than 38,000 deaths in the United States, and in 2011, it was the 10th leading cause of death.
  • An estimated 1 in 5 people aged 18 or older had a mental illness in the past year.
Last updated May 15, 2013