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Article updated: 5/6/2013 4:17 PM

Mark National Prevention Week by posting your prevention messages, photos

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The Prevention Services program of the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center and its community coalition partners are marking National Prevention Week, May 12-18, with the promotion "Your voice. Your choice. Make a difference." The theme, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), emphasizes that the prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of mental health starts with choices each of us makes in our own lives.

All Lake County residents are invited to participate in the promotion. To participate, take a photograph of yourself or of a group of your friends/colleagues holding a sign with your personal message about why substance abuse prevention or mental health is important to you. You can download the formatting for this sign at: http://www.samhsa.gov/preventionweek/ichooseproject/poster.aspx. You can post your photo on the Health Department facebook page: www.facebook.com/healthdepartment or on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services web page just listed.

The Health Department invites you to celebrate National Prevention Week with your family and in your community. Reach out to local community groups working on reducing youth substance use, including the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force, Coalition for Healthy Communities, ELA Coalition Against Youth Substance Abuse, Barrington Area Drug Prevention Coalition, Parents The Anti-Drug, Mundelein Stand Up, and Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Speak Up! Connect to more resources at: www.samhsa.gov/preventionweek/.

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