May 8-14 is National Prevention Week, an annual observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) dedicated to increasing public awareness and action around substance use prevention and promoting positive mental wellbeing. In the past year, 7.74% of adults in America reported having a substance use disorder, and with so many people needing support, we’ve gathered the following resources to help you help others who may be experiencing a substance use challenge.
National Council for Mental Wellbeing Resources
Mental Health First Aid blogs
Social Media and Mobile Resources
Having the right information and tools on hand can prepare you so if you or someone you know faces a substance use challenge, you can take care of yourself, offer appropriate support and get additional help when needed. This National Prevention Week, we can all #BeTheDifference for ourselves and each other by checking in with loved ones and peers and staying informed with valuable resources.
Mental Health America (2022). Prevalence of Mental Illness 2022. Mental Health America. https://www.mhanational.org/issues/2022/mental-health-america-prevalence-data#:~:text=Adult%20with%20Substance%20Use%20Disorder%202022%20