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Community Guidance Center: May 14-19 is National Prevention Week

THE Community Guidance Center, which is under the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., is observing National Prevention Week from May 14 to  19.

Joe Ada, CGC prevention-services unit social-marketing officer, said the week-long event aims to involve the community in raising awareness about substance abuse and mental-health issues while promoting quality behavioral-health resources.

Ada said they also aim to strengthen their partnership with other government agencies and community organizations dedicated to behavioral and public health.

He said the event is held annually during the third week of May. “It is an important time for everyone to re-focus on prevention. National Prevention Week provides an opportunity for schools and organizations to host prevention-themed events before the school year ends, raising awareness about substance abuse and mental-health issues among students and their families.”

Ada said the program is sponsored by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration.

On Saipan, there will be a roadside-waving activity at Garapan Fishing Base from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday, May 17, the Community Guidance Center will announce the winners of the National Prevention Week art contest at its new office in the TSL Plaza at 4 p.m.

On Tinian, a roadside-waving activity across from Tinian Jr. Sr. High School was scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m.

A fun run and the announcement of the art-contest winners will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Tinian gym at 5 p.m.

On Rota, a roadside-waving activity will be held on Friday, May, 18 at Pinatang Park at 4 p.m.

On May 19, a health-and-walk event will be held and the art-contest winners will be announced at the Sinapalo Baseball Field at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call Charnessa Lizama at 323-6560 for Saipan events; Keith Nabors at 433-6572 for those on Tinian; or Benedicta San Nicolas at 532-9461 for those on Rota.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104417-community-guidance-center-may-14-19-is-national-prevention-week

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