May 9, 2022 all-day
SAMHSA's NPW Coordinator David Wilson

SAMHSA’s Prevention Day and National Prevention Week

SAMHSA’s Prevention Day will take place on Monday, May 9, and it will be delivered virtually through an interactive online conference platform. Hear from prevention leaders; learn about the latest developments in the areas of mental illness and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery; network with other practitioners; and sharpen your skills.

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Prevention Day is part of National Prevention Week (NPW), a national public education platform bringing together communities and organizations to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

NPW Daily Themes

Each year, NPW includes daily themes to focus on major substance use and mental health topics. The 2022 daily themes are:

  • May 9: Strengthening Community Resilience: Substance Misuse and Overdose Prevention
  • May 10: Preventing Substance Use and Promoting Mental Health in Youth
  • May 11: Preventing Suicide: Everyone Plays a Role
  • May 12: The Talent Pipeline: Enhancing the Prevention Workforce
  • May 13: Prevention is Everywhere: Highlighting Efforts Across Settings and Communities
  • May 14: Celebrating Prevention Heroes

Prevention Challenge

This year, SAMHSA is creating a new way to participate in NPW through #MyPreventionStory. It is a way for all of us to acknowledge our mental health and substance use prevention experiences. Leading up to NPW, SAMHSA will be encouraging everyone to create and share a prevention story on social media—whether it’s telling how they are helping to prevent substance use or sharing the ways they’re promoting mental health during COVID-19. Take the challenge and be a part of the national conversation about how prevention works!

For more information about NPW 2022, including resources to help you raise awareness and plan activities in your community, visit the SAMHSA website or send questions or requests to SAMHSA’s NPW Coordinator David Wilson at

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