National Prevention Week Awareness Activities Planned
May 9, 2016

National Prevention Week (May 15-21, 2016) is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance use disorders and mental health issues. Healthy Acadia is stepping up efforts to engage community members in Washingoton and Hancock Counties to raise awareness about the challenges of substance use disorders and encourage involvement in implementing prevention strategies with the following activities:

Share Your Story and Help “Give Addiction the Boot”

Healthy Acadia’s Partnership4Success Substance Use Prevention Coalition and community partners invite those struggling with addiction, or affected by a friend or family member’s addiction, to share your stories during our “Give Addiction the Boot” campaign.

This year’s Prevention Week theme, “Strong As One. Stronger Together.” highlights that while one person can make a positive difference in their community, when we join together, we can achieve a greater impact on prevention efforts. By sharing your story, you help bring a ‘face' to lives affected by or lost to substance use in your community. “Give Addiction the Boot” is not just about lowering statistics; it’s also about saving the lives of our youth, neighbors, friends and loved ones. Your story can have the power to change someone else’s story.

Visit www.healthyacadia.org to download a journal entry form and submit your story via email. Your submission will be added to Healthy Acadia’s “Giving Addiction the Boot” 2016 story binder and your name will be included on a Bean boot traveling wall display. The binder and boot display will be available for viewing and discussion at local businesses and organizations during Prevention Week 2016 (locations to be announced).

Submission deadline is May 31, 2016. To submit your journal entry and photo (optional), or to schedule the “Give Addiction the Boot” display for your business or organization, contact Angela Fochesato at 255-3741 or email angela@healthyacadia.org.

"I Choose…"

"I Choose…" is an easy way to make a difference, be a positive example, and inspire others. Take a photograph of yourself holding an “I Choose…” sign (download and print at www.healthyacadia.org) with your personal message about why substance misuse prevention or mental health is important to you. For example, you might write "I choose prevention because I want to be healthy and happy." Or another "I choose…" statement, such as "I choose not to give up because..." Email your photo to tracey@healthyacadia.org. Please include:
• Name(s) of people in the photo
• Signed release(s) allowing Healthy Acadia to publish your photo (download release form at www.healthyacadia.org)
• Organization (if applicable) and/or Town
• The "I Choose…" message displayed in the photo.
Healthy Acadia will review and post your photo to its "I Choose…" FaceBook photo gallery.
Submission deadline: May 31, 2016.

“What’s Your Superpower?”

A superpower isn’t just the ability to fly or become invisible. It’s that special “something” you bring to your community and the world. A superpower can be putting a smile on someone’s face when that person is feeling down, or making healthy choices, even when the decision isn’t easy. "What’s Your Superpower?" is an easy way to make a difference, be a positive example, and inspire others.

Participating is easy – take a photograph of yourself holding a “My Superpower is…” sign (download and print at www.healthyacadia.org) with your personal message. Email your photo to tracey@healthyacadia.org. Please include:
• Name(s) of people in the photo
• Signed release(s) allowing Healthy Acadia to publish your photo (download release form at www.healthyacadia.org)
• Organization (if applicable) and/orTown
• The "My Superpower is…" message displayed in the photo.
Healthy Acadia will review and post your photo to its “My Superpower is…” FaceBook photo gallery.
Submission deadline: May 31, 2016.

National Prevention Week, “I Choose” and “What’s your Superpower?” are sponsored by the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration.

Nominations for “Honors of Heroes of Prevention” Awards

Each year Healthy Acadia’s Partnership4Success Coalition has the opportunity to honor prevention workers, organizations, agencies, and community members of prevention work for their outstanding work, achievements, and promotion of prevention work values.

Please consider nominating those you know and/or work with for the following “Heroes of Prevention” awards: Prevention Worker of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, and Citizen of the Year. You may nominate a person in more than one category.

Awards will be presented during a “Healthy Acadia Honors of Heroes of Prevention” reception on June 9 at 6pm. (location TBD). Visit www.healthyacadia.org for selection criteria and to download nomination forms. Nominations must be submitted by: May 31, 2016 to angela@healthyacadia.org or by mail to: Healthy Acadia, 121 Court Street, Suite A, Machias, ME 04654.

Submissions and nominations from Washington and Hancock counties are welcome for all campaigns.

In addition to the above-mention Prevention Week activities, Healthy Acadia has scheduled the following events:

5K A La Mud Memory Run in Whitneyville (May 15),
“E-cigarettes and Vaping” discussion at Narraguagus High School (May 17),
Showings of Bess O’Brien’s “The Hungry Heart,” documentary exploring prescription drug addiction and recovery, in Blue Hill (May 17) and Bucksport (May 20).

For more information about these events, please contact Healthy Acadia at 255-3741 or 667-7171 or visit www.healthyacadia.org.