Tuesday, May 14, 2013

BCCS Hosted Event for National Prevention Week

SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week is held May 12-18, 2013, and was created to increase public awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues. This week is a great chance for organizations to reach out to their communities and promote prevention efforts and educate others about behavioral health issues.

SAMHSA’s 2013 Prevention Week theme is "Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference," which emphasizes our ability to make positive changes, raise awareness for behavioral health issues – and ultimately to help create healthier and safer communities. Last year, community organizations across the country hosted health fairs, block parties, educational assemblies, and more to get their communities involved and to increase awareness about the importance of substance abuse prevention and the promotion of mental health.

This year, BCCS participated in the National Prevention Week celebration and hosted the Spring Jam for Prevention Health Fair.  The event, held Monday, May 13, 2013 from 3:00pm -7:00pm in Wilmington, DE, was sponsored by BCCS, U.S. Senator Chris Coons, You--Front and Center Program at BCCS, and the Delaware Prevention Coalition.  It was free, open to the public and had a great turnout!

The event allowed BCCS to distribute community prevention information and to discuss our services with community members.  In addition to being a prevention event, Spring Jam was packed with family fun, including a moon bounce, basketball, face painting, a balloon artist, and cotton candy and popcorn.

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