The Alabama Department of Mental Health wants to inform Alabamians about a new annual health observance – National Prevention Week. This new observance runs May 20-26, 2012, and is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Maranda Brown, director of the Office of Prevention Services in ADMH’s Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, says, “The Office of Prevention Services is extremely excited about this inaugural annual health observation. NPW sheds light on the efforts within our local communities that strive each day to advance the power of prevention. NPW endeavors to raise awareness about substance abuse and mental health issues while empowering individuals to commit to healthy lifestyles free of substance abuse.