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National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will be from May 14 to 20, 2017. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health.

Learn more about National Prevention Week.

Theme of NPW 2017: “Making Each Day Count

New information all week about each “Daily Health Theme”

  • Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use: Monday, May 15
  • Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse: Tuesday, May 16
  • Prevention of Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse: Wednesday, May 17
  • Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use: Thursday, May 18
  • Prevention of Suicide: Friday, May 19
  • Promotion of Mental Health & Wellness: Saturday, May 20


MHANJ Call Center Prevention Week Highlighted Resources:

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) has launched NJ Connect for Recovery, the only call line in New Jersey dedicated to providing compassionate, non-judgmental counseling specifically to individuals and families who are coping with addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers. Information is available to callers at any stage of questioning, treatment, or recovery.  This valuable new initiative has been established to help address the severe opiate misuse problem, which has reached epidemic proportions in our state. The toll free phone number for NJ Connect for Recovery is 855-652-3737 (TTY: 877-294-4356) and the website URL is

Who Cares! We Do! The NJMentalHealthCares Helpline understands and recognizes the challenges in finding support and treatment options. Our behavioral health specialists use their experience and professional knowledge to listen and connect you to the services you need! For more information please visit /our-specialties/

Complimentary, Confidential Screenings Available

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s NJMentalHealthCares Helpline offers free, anonymous online mental health screenings in cooperation with Mental Health America. Self-assessments are available for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD and bipolar disorder, as well as screens for youth and parents. Click here to take a mental health screening. After you complete a screening, you’ll receive customized feedback and be provided a zip code search to locate local assistance in determining next steps. You may even want to print out the results and review them with your healthcare provider.

The NJMentalHealthCares Helpline staff is available to assist with mental health screenings. The number to call is 1-866-202-HELP (4357) (TTY 1-877-294-4356). The screening only takes a few minutes and provides confidential results and information on where to find treatment.

The MHANJ’s Peer Recovery WarmLine (8772925588, TTY 8772944356) is a statewide resource that is staffed by trained peer specialists, who are people in recovery and who provide wellness‐focused support to others in the shared goal of achieving and maintaining mental wellness. For more information please visit /our-specialties/

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services. For more information please visit