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What's New articles share information to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based strategies to prevent underage drinking.

Dig into These NEW SAMHSA Resources to Prevent Underage Drinking

Four NEW SAMHSA Publications to Prevent Underage Drinking

SAMHSA has new publications for you to use with youth, parents, and other stakeholders in your community.

Talking With Teens About Impaired Driving

Now that more teens are going back to school and back to socializing with friends, it’s a good time to encourage parents and caregivers to talk with their teens about safe driving. The “Talk. They Hear You.” underage drinking prevention campaign has resources to help.

Communities Talk Planning Stipends are Going Fast!

Make sure to register soon so that you can receive a planning stipend for your Communities Talk event. Here’s a quick and easy way to request an invitation to register.

Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTC) Webinars

The SAMHSA-funded PTTC Networks provide technical assistance and learning resources you can use in your substance misuse prevention efforts. Read more to learn about upcoming events on underage drinking and alcohol misuse prevention.

Date: 05/06/2021


Even More New Resources for Your Activity; Get Ready for National Prevention Week 2021

NEW! Tips and Tools for Hosting a Virtual Activity

Prevention happens even in a socially distant world! These tips and tools offer creative and innovative ways to host a Communities Talk activity to bring people together.

NEW! After High School: Talking With Your Young Adult About Underage Drinking

Young adults still listen to their parents when it comes to decisions about avoiding alcohol. This new fact sheet has the information parents need to start the conversation about the consequences of underage drinking and alcohol use.

National Prevention Week 2021: Prevention Happens Anywhere and Everywhere

Substance misuse prevention happens in many places, spaces, and communities. SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week (NPW), set for May 9 through 15, is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of and action around mental and/or substance use disorders. Find ideas, tools, and other resources for participating on the NPW website.

Don’t Be Left Out! Register Now to Receive Your Planning Stipend

More than 500 organizations have already applied for a $750 Communities Talk planning stipend. If you didn’t receive an invitation to register yet, email info@stopalcoholabuse.net to request one. Remember, planning stipends are only available on a first-come, first-served basis and they are going fast.

Date: 04/07/2021


New College Drinking Resources; Planning Your 2021 Communities Talk Activity

NEW! College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives Discussion Guides for Campus Communities

We are excited to introduce two new discussion guides to use with the College Drinking: Prevention Perspectives video series! The new discussion guides provide an overview of key themes and strategies in each episode, as well as conversation starters to spark discussions within your college community about alcohol.

Have You Started Planning Your 2021 Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking Activity?

If you haven’t, don’t worry! SAMHSA has plenty of resources to help you plan your 2021 Communities Talk activity. If you’re planning a Communities Talk activity for parents, there are new resources from SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You. campaign. Read the complete article to learn more.

Date: 03/09/2021


Virtual Communities Talk Activities; SAMHSA Prevention Resources

Discover Innovative Ideas for Virtual Communities Talk Activities

The Find an Activity Map has details about innovative ways communities and institutions of higher education used their planning stipends to mobilize their community and prevent underage drinking. The map will even show you some of the creative prevention activities happening near you!

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, communities were finding innovative ways to share prevention messages! Here are some creative ideas you can incorporate into your 2021 Communities Talk plans.

SAMHSA Prevention Resources at Your Fingertips

When planning your Communities Talk activity, remember that SAMHSA has prevention and planning resources for you to use.

Date: 02/12/2021


2021 Communities Talk Registration; New and Updated Planning Resources; SAMHSA's 17th Annual Prevention Day

It's Time! Register Now for a 2021 Communities Talk Planning Stipend of $750

Registration for the 2021 Communities Talk activity cycle is now open, and $750 planning stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis! If you didn’t receive an invitation to register yet, email info@stopalcoholabuse.net to request one.

Once your registration information is verified (including a valid copy of your organization’s W-9 form), you should receive your $750 planning stipend within 21 days. Please cash your check within 30 days, even if your activity won’t take place until later in the year. Read the Communities Talk Quick Start Planning Guide for more information about registration and planning an activity.

Fresh for 2021: New and Updated Communities Talk Resources

We know prevention has changed in 2021, and a top priority for this year is providing new and updated resources to support prevention activities. These tips and resources will help you promote and implement your Communities Talk activity.

SAMHSA’s 17th Annual Prevention Day is Monday February 1, 2021

Attend SAMHSA’s 17th Annual—and virtual—Prevention Day and expand your knowledge of evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies. Prevention Day is free, so register today.

Date: 01/15/2021


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