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It’s National Prevention Week, hosted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). May 13 to 19 is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of mental and substance use disorders. Every year, SAMHSA encourages people to inform themselves and others about mental health.

The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:

1. Involve communities in raising awareness about behavioral health issues and implementing prevention strategies
2. Foster partnerships and collaboration with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health
3. Promote and disseminate quality behavioral health resources and publications
If you could speak to your future self about everything you’ve been through and how hard you’re working to overcome addiction and mental health issues, what exactly would you say? This week, we’re encouraging people to participate in the “Dear Future Me” challenge. Here’s how to participate:
1. Write a letter or a poem or draw a picture about the choices you’re making to live a healthy, happy life
2. Take a picture of your letter or record a video of yourself reading your letter
3. Share it on social media using the hashtag #DearFutureMe and #NPW2018 and tag @The New England Recovery Center or @Spectrum Health Systems
4. Tag a few friends so they can participate and add their Dear Future Me letter to the NPW conversation
5. Share any or all of the Dear Future Me videos on social media to encourage others to participate as well

Share your pictures, videos and letters with us for a chance to be featured on our social media channels and in a future blog!

In observance of all mental health issues and substance-use disorders, if you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, please call us at 844-500-6372.

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