May 13th-19th: National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week, 2018

((Click on a day or scroll down to discover events & resources))




National Prevention Week (NPW) is an annual week-long observance—created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)—that serves to increase public awareness and promote action by individuals, organizations, and communities around mental and/or substance use disorders. (For more information on National Prevention Week, visit:

Discover more about these listed resources and more at KAN-I-HELP.


“Dear Future Me” – Pledge For Life’s Youth Advisory Council


Day 1:

Event for Monday, May 14th: 

Mental Health First Aid (8 Hour Course)
– Time: 8:15am – 5:00 PM
– Location: Regional Instruction Center
50 West Industrial Park Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
(Discover more)

Online Resources: 

Local Resources: 

Helen Wheeler Center for Community Mental Health – Kankakee, IL
Visit Online:
Phone: 815.939.3543
Serves as a comprehensive outpatient-counseling agency that provides mental health counseling services and therapy to children, adolescents, and adults who live and work in Kankakee County.

Riverside HealthCare Behavioral Services – Kankakee, IL
Phone: 844.442.2551
Services provide treatment for a broad range of psychological and substance abuse disorders.

Iroquois Mental Health Center – Watseka, IL
Phone: 815.432.5241
Offers outpatient mental health services for children and adults; psychotherapy, counseling, psychiatric consultation; MI day program services, substance abuse counseling; including state-certified DUI services. Family, group, and individual services are offered.


Day 2:

Event for Tuesday, May 15th: 

Help Us Share The Message – #bekindtothemind
Help spread the movement by sharing a post stating, “I would rather choose (________) than underage drinking. #bekindtothemind”

Online Resources: 


Local Resources: 

T.I.P. The Scale – Iroquois County
Visit Online:
TIP the Scale is a communication campaign aimed at parents to stop underage drinking in Iroquois County. TIP stands for Talking Improves Parenting. Our goal is to encourage parents to do their part to help TIP the Scale to stop underage drinking in Iroquois County by:

  • talking to their teens about not drinking alcohol
  • letting their teens know that underage drinking is both illegal and harmful
  • and not providing alcohol for teens.

Riverside Resolve Center – Manteno, IL
Phone: 815.468.3241
Provides substance abuse treatment, prevention, education, speakers, and presentations to the public.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Location: Bradley, IL
Phone: 815.939.4996
Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope that they may help others to recover from alcoholism.


Day 3:

Event for Wednesday, May 16th: 

Final Day of High School PSA Contest
(See More Details HERE)
Open to all Kankakee County high school students (groups and/or individuals)

Develop a prescription drug abuse prevention Public Service Announcement (PSA) for radio discussing these 4 key messages:

  • Safe Use: Take medications exactly as prescribed.
  • Safe Storage: Store prescription drugs in locked and secure locations.
  • Safe Disposal: Properly dispose of unused medications.
  • Spread the Word: Promote safe medication practices and teach others to do the same.

Online Resources: 


Local Resources: 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet – Kankakee, IL
Phone: 815.933.7791
Provides counseling and addiction services to Kankakee and Iroquois counties and beyond.

Duane Dean Behavioral Health Center  – Kankakee, IL
Phone: 815.939.0125
Provides outpatient substance abuse treatment.


Day 4:

Event for Thursday, May 17th:

Final Day of High School Billboard Contest
(See More Details HERE)
Students are encouraged to submit billboard designs utilizing any medium.

The theme of all productions will be: Marijuana Use & Abuse Prevention.

Online Resources: 


Local Resources: 

Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center, Inc. – Kankakee, IL
Phone: 815.937.0100
Counseling center provides comprehensive, community-based programs for children, youth, and families, encouraging them to become self-sufficient members of the community.


Day 5:

Events Regarding Suicide Prevention:
LOSS – Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide
– DATE/TIME: 2nd Tuesday of every month – 6-8:00 PM
– LOCATION: Kankakee Public Library, 3rd Floor Meeting Room

Walk to Fight Suicide
Out of the Darkness community walks, aims to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
– DATE/TIME: September 29th, 2018 – 1:30 PM
– LOCATION: Kankakee County Community College Pavilion

Online Resources: 


Local & National Resources: 

Suicide & Crisis Hotline
Phone: 800.SUICIDE (800.784.2433) or 800.273.TALK (800.273.8255)
Suicide and Crisis Hotline.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Services
Phone: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)  OR text TALK to 741741
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership – Chicago, IL
Phone: 312.516.5569
ICMHP is a statewide group of individuals working to provide easier access to programs and services that meet the mental health needs of Illinois children and their families.


Day 6:

Online Resources:


Local & National Resources: 

Kankakee County Health Department – (Freedom From Smoking program)
Phone: (815) 802-9395
Kankakee County Health Department offers the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking (FFS) Program.  Trained professionals teach the program. Program participants will meet once a week for seven weeks. On week four, (QUIT week), participants meet twice.

Tobacco-Free Kids
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ICMHP is a statewide group of individuals working to provide easier access to programs and services that meet the mental health needs of Illinois children and their families.

LEAD – Lake Forest, IL
Visit Online:
Phone: (847) 295-9075
LEAD is a specialist in drug prevention. Their programs are designed to support parents and teens to build healthy relationships as well as finding alternatives to using drugs and alcohol.