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May 12-18, 2013 is National Prevention Week, a time to learn how to promote wellness and prevent substance abuse. This year the focus is on what each of us can do to improve our own health and support the health of our friends and neighbors. Each of us can learn more about promoting good behavioral health and raise awareness in our communities.
Check out the Sound Minds in Sound Bodies Campaign and add a wellness activity to your daily routine.
Sign and share the "Prevention Pledge" on SAMHSA’s Facebook page.
Join the "I Choose" Project and share a photo of you and your friends and how your choices promote wellness and prevent substance abuse.
Alaskan Identify Alcohol As Top Health Issue
A survey of Alaskans for the Healthy Alaskans 2020 Initiative identified
alcohol use and abuse and other substance abuse as two of the top ten
health issues facing our state. This is an example of how the people of
Alaska can have a voice in policymaking.
Healthy Alaskans 2020 is part of a national initiative that supports health
promotion and prevention. Learn more about Healthy Alaskans 2020.
at the Alaska Bar Association Convention sponsored by the Law & Community Health Forum and The Trust. Limited attendees-REGISTER EARLY!
FAMILY CHECKUP – A new resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs and alcohol. These five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing drug use among youth. Get your CHECKUP and learn how positive parenting prevents drug and alcohol abuse. Tools and Tips for Parents and Mentors are also available.
Talking to children about traumatic events and loss can be hard.
These resources can help you plan and have this important conversation.
The Economic Costs of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse in Alaska, 2012 update
Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy $1.2 billion in 2010.
The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control reports that, although substantial progress has been made over the past 20 years to reduce drinking and driving among teens, in 2011, one in 10 students age 16 years and older reported driving after drinking during the past 30 days. Most students who drove after drinking alcohol also binge drank. Read the report.
Alaskans can manage their emotional and mental fitness just like they can their physical health.
Learn about positive ways to improve and maintain your mental and emotional health from the Boards' Sound Minds in Sound Bodies campaign. Attend a training on how to identify signs of depression, how to reach out for support, and how to connect people to help.
Share how you are promoting personal and
community mental wellness on our facebook
A place to go for information and facts regarding addiction prevention for children and youth.
Find out about SAMHSA grants for
substance abuse prevention
and intervention HERE