May 16 – 21 National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use. The overall theme for 2016 is “Strong As One. Stronger Together.” Explore the National Prevention Week website at to learn more about how you can get involved, from planning a community event to participating in the “I Choose” Project.

The “I Choose” Project 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 sign with your personal message about why substance abuse prevention or mental health is important to you. For example, you could write — “I choose prevention because I want to be healthy and happy.” Or you could include “I choose treatment…” or another “I choose” statement, such as “I choose not to give up because things do get better.” Send your photo to In the email, also include: name(s) of people in the photo, organization (if applicable), state or territory, ZIP code, and the “I Choose” message displayed in the photo. After receiving your submission, SAMHSA will review and post your photo “I Choose” photo gallery at

During National Prevention Week, watch for special information each day about prevention efforts, information and resources for a particular subject area:

Monday May 16– Tobacco

Tuesday May 17– Underage drinking and alcohol abuse

Wednesday May 18 – Opioid and prescription drug abuse

Thursday May 19 – Illicit drug use and youth marijuana

Friday May 20 – Suicide

Saturday May 21 – Mental health and wellness focus

Here in Tillamook County for the Year of Wellness, Dr. Rea Scovill will be conducting a two-part workshop call “Stress busting, self-care and mental fitness” – at the Tillamook Library on May 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; and in South County at Nestucca Jr/Sr. High on May 18 and 25 – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This two-part workshop offers nine tools to help reduce stress and enjoy better health.

Develop a personal “workbook” to help you use the tools at home.

On Saturday May 21st, Dr. Scovill will present a screening of the video “Sensitive: The Untold Story” at Nestucca Jr/Sr. High Library from 10 a.m. to Noon, then at the Tillamook Library in the Copeland Room from 2 to 4 p.m. One in five people are highly sensitive, which can impact their relationships and perception of themselves and others — Join us for a screening of this important video that raises awareness and helps us to develop an understanding about highly sensitive people and the gifts that often accompany these challenges.

On May 18th, the Alzheimer’s Association brings an informative talk to the Tillamook County Main Library on Late Stage Dementia, in the Hatfield Room from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

There are so many ways to participate in the Year of Wellness – the online challenge is just part of YOW. You can always join in – attend a workshop, event, speakers, recipes in the Headlight-Herald and online. Visit a YOW Monthly Mover to enter the monthly raffles for a $25.00 Visa gift card and other special offers – Spa Manzanita and Roby’s Women’s Fitness Center are the locations in May. All challenge participants were entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes.  Be sure you are in for Session #2.  Sign-up today! Go to, or visit your local library branch for a print booklet and more information.

We ALL win when everyone is in – it’s easy and fun. YOW focuses on simple things, just adding another serving of vegetables, drinking water, walking more, better sleep habits and quitting tobacco use will make for a happier, healthier Tillamook County.

For weekly healthy recipes, tips, resources, wellness challenge, and more, go to or visit your local library branch.   Together, we are the solution.


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