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Join the National Prevention Week Kickoff Webcast on Monday, May 16

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will host a live webcast kickoff for National Prevention Week 2016 on Monday, May 16 from 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. EDT. The webcast will take place at Morgan State University, a 2016 event host in the Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking initative. Sign up and view the kick-off webcast featuring this year’s NPW Ambassador, NBC star of Chicago Med, Torrey DeVitto.

National Prevention Week (May 15–21, 2016) showcases communities that are making a difference in overall community health by increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. This year’s theme is “Strong as One, Stronger Together,” highlighting that while one person can make a positive difference in their community, when we join together we can achieve a greater impact with our prevention efforts.

Register Today for the June 15 Webinar on Engaging Youth in Underage Drinking Prevention

As community-based organizations, as well as colleges and universities, hold events for National Prevention Week (May 15–21) and Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a webinar on Engaging Youth in Underage Drinking Prevention on June 15 from 2–3 p.m. EDT. The webinar will address strategies for organizations who wish to engage youth in prevention, but have not yet started.

The webinar will feature Lynne Goodwin, M.P.A., who has more than 20 years of experience in the prevention field, working at local, state, and national levels on underage and binge drinking, policy, youth development, and environmental prevention initiatives. Ms. Goodwin is program director of the statewide California Friday Night Live Partnership, which builds partnerships for positive and healthy youth development and engages youth as active leaders and resources in their communities. Friday Night Live Chapters are active, biennial participants in Communities Talk.

For more information and to register to participate in the webinar, visit this page.

Memorial Day Weekend Is Coming: Share Drunk Driving Prevention Resources

Memorial Day weekend, May 27–30, is a time to commemorate all men and women who have died in military service for the United States, as well as spend time with friends and family. Memorial Day weekend activities also sometimes involve alcohol.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, more than one-fifth (22 percent) of high school students reported riding in a car driven by someone who had been drinking. Also, 17 percent of 16- to 20-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher in 2013, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This Memorial Day Weekend, remind drivers to avoid alcohol. Share NHTSA’s resources focused on preventing underage drinking and driving, which include a new emoji keyboard, available now for free download in both the Apple and Google Play app stores.