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Union County to Recognize May 12 Through May 18 as Prevention Week

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The Health and Wellness Coalition of Union County (HAWC) will be coordinating efforts to recognize the week of May 12 through May 18 as Prevention Week in Union County.  This week of recognition will be kicked-off during an event at the Bayway Family Success Center on Monday May 13th at 5:00pm.  All members of the community are welcome to attend for more information please contact Stacey Legg at 732-381-4100 or by email at slegg@preventionlinks.org.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has again declared the week of May 12th as National Prevention Week.  National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships

Recognizing the importance of prevention efforts across the nation, as well as all the great work that is done here in Union County, Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will present the Union County Regional Coalition (now known as HAWC of UC) and Prevention Links with a Resolution declaring the week of May 12 through May 18 Prevention Week in Union County. 

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“The Regional Coalition and Prevention Links are constantly working to keep the lines of communication open and engage in positive solutions to a complex issue,” said Chairman Carter. “I hope that Prevention Week helps to spread the word about this important community service.”

This year’s Union County Prevention Week kick-off event will feature:

The presentation of a Resolution declaring the week of May 12th as Prevention Week in Union County

A brief presentation on the six Prevention Week topics

A Pregnancy Pause event to highlight the dangers of fetal alcohol syndrome

Announcement of the 2013 Union County High School Underage Drinking PSA Contest Winners

In an effort to further raise awareness, daily press releases will be issued addressing the topics outlined by SAMHSA each day of that week, which is listed below.  Through increased awareness and community support, we can impact substance abuse and promote mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

Sunday, May 12: Prevention and Cessation of Tobacco Use (New for 2013!)

Monday, May 13: Prevention of Underage Drinking

Tuesday, May 14: Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use

Wednesday, May 15: Prevention of Alcohol Abuse

Thursday, May 16: Suicide Prevention

Friday, May 17: Promotion of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Well-Being

Funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Prevention Links will coordinate over the next four years The Health and Wellness Coalition of Union County (HAWC).  The HAWC is a regional coalition serving Union County whose mission is to assess the needs of Union County in order to enhance collaboration and coordinate prevention efforts that foster a drug free lifestyle and create healthy communities.  The HAWC’s vision is by 2017; the Health and Wellness Coalition of Union County will create prevention prepared communities through a collaborative effort to reduce underage drinking, marijuana use, the use of opioids, prescription drugs and new and emerging drugs across the lifespan throughout Union County.   To become a member of the HAWC, please contact Michael Capko at 732-381-4100 or mcapko@preventionlinks.org.

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