World Mental Health Day and Substance Abuse Prevention Activities in October

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Provided by Prince William County

Prince William County Community Services (CS) recognizes the unique relationship between mental health and substance use and abuse. COVID-19 is having a tremendous impact on our mental health and healthy habits.

World Mental Health Day is observed Oct. 10, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. This year’s focus is “Kindness and Moving for Mental Health.” One way to move for mental health is joining CS staff participating in Nami-Prince William’s Walk Your Way – A National Day of Hope walk.
At one point or another, everyone has used prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines to alleviate an illness, whether it is to relieve pain or curb a cough. Unfortunately, too many young people and adults are abusing these drugs for a quick high.
Community Services and its partners in the Prevention Alliance of Greater Prince William will recognize National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and Red Ribbon Week in October to raise the public’s awareness of the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse. The easiest way to prevent medicine abuse is to know the risks and use medication with caution.
The region’s website, KnowTheRisk, encourages residents to “Speak Out, Opt Out and Throw Out” to help prevent medication misuse and abuse. The Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 24. Please drop off any unused medication at designated area locations.
To find out more about any of these activities, visit the CS website, or call the Behavioral Health Wellness Team at 703-792-7739.

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