Governor Noem calls for community involvement as part of Prevention Week

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PIERRE – Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed May 12-18 as Prevention Week and is calling on all South Dakotans to join in making a difference and becoming actively involved in preventing substance misuse and promoting mental health.
“The Department of Social Services is proud to support National Prevention Week,” said DSS Cabinet Secretary Matt Althoff. “It is a time dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to prioritize prevention and build healthier futures. Together, through education, advocacy and support, we can make significant strides in promoting mental health, preventing substance misuse and fostering overall well-being for all South Dakotans.”
During National Prevention Week, and any time during the year, there are countless opportunities for engagement and participation. Here's how you can get involved:
1. Host an Event. Organize a local event or activity that aligns with the themes of National Prevention Week. Whether it's a community workshop, a wellness fair, or a youth summit, your event can make a significant impact in raising awareness and fostering positive change.
2. Educate and Advocate. Take the initiative to educate others about the importance of prevention and the risks associated with substance use. Use your voice to advocate for policies and programs that support mental health promotion and substance misuse prevention efforts in your community.
3. Spread the Word. Utilize your social media platforms and networks to spread awareness about National Prevention Week. Share informative resources, personal stories, and messages of support to reach a wider audience and inspire action.
4. Engage with Local Resources. Connect with local organizations and coalitions that are dedicated to prevention efforts. Collaborate on initiatives, attend events, and leverage existing resources to maximize your impact.
5. Support Prevention Efforts. Consider making a donation or volunteering your time to support organizations and initiatives focused on substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion. Your contribution can help fund critical programs and services that benefit individuals and families in need.
“National Prevention Week is a collective endeavor, and every action, no matter how small, can make a difference,” said Althoff. “By coming together as a community, we can create a culture of prevention, resilience, and well-being that extends far beyond National Prevention Week.”
Reach out to your local prevention coalition and PRC to learn what they are doing in your community and what you can do to be a part of something impactful.
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