National Prevention Week - Promotion of Mental Health

Promotion of mental health is a complex and often nebulous topic when it comes to community prevention work.  Mental health is much more than simply the absence of mental disorders.  However, this does not mean that promoting mental health and wellness is a simple task.  see the link below for some great information about mental health and evidence-based promotion efforts.


National Prevention Week - Prevention of Youth Suicide

Have you heard about the new Netflix show “13 reasons why”?  Are you curious about what the professionals think? How to talk about suicide in general? Or how to frame conversations about the show in a way that promotes evidence-based prevention?  The team at Forefront has put together a very helpful media statement that gives background and guidance in response to the film and it has been a great resource.


National Prevention Week - Prevention of Youth Marijuana Use (Thursday, May 18)

Understanding the changing landscape of high potency marijuana products is becoming increasingly importing for youth marijuana prevention strategies. This includes the increasing psychoactive THC potency in marijuana due to horticultural techniques, the rapid development of synthetic cannabinoids, and increase in the production and consumption of marijuana concentrates with extremely high levels of THC. Consuming high potency concentrates through the process called “dabbing,” i.e.


National Prevention Week - Opioid and Prescription Medicine Misuse and Abuse Prevention

Did you know - there are numerous ways that everyone can reduce the availability of unused prescription medicines? 

DBHR and other Washington State agencies have joined together to help increase awareness of community strategies to protect youth and provide information to help prevent Opioid and Prescription Medicine (Rx) misuse and abuse.


National Prevention Week - Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse (Tuesday, May 16)

Want to make an impact on underage drinking in your community for National Prevention Week? Why not hold a town hall meeting? Town hall meetings are a great opportunity to educate your community members on the dangers of underage drinking and mobilize your community to take action!


National Prevention Week - Tobacco Use (Monday, May 15)

Looking to reduce youth access to tobacco and vapor products in your community?  Retailer education is a strategy used by many community coalitions.  Materials can include this 1-page ID & License Guide

Visit for additional resources for retailer education, such as a script for talking with a retailer and year-of-birth signs retailers can post.


Request for Applications Released - WA STR CPWI Expansion Grant

We are pleased to announce the release of the Request for Applications (RFA) Packet for the Washington Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Prevention Services Grant to prevent and reduce youth substance use.


New Funding Opportunity - Prevention of Opioid Drug Misuse and Abuse

Up to five new grants will be awarded to eligible public agencies or community-based organizations to provide prevention services to high-need communities for the prevention of opioid drug misuse and abuse.

Qualified grant applicants within the following twenty communities identified by school districts or in some cases high school attendance areas and their feeder schools are eligible to apply for this grant funding:



Opioids 101 - Opioid/Heroin Connection - Shoreline library 4/27/17 - 7pm

Opioids 101 - The Opioid/Heroin Connection
Learn the risks and benefits of prescription opioids for pain management and how to reduce those risks
for yourself, your loved ones and the community.

Thursday, April 27 from 7pm to 8:30pm - Shoreline Library (345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline, WA 98155)


Walla Walla Area Communities Come Together to Address Suicide

In response to an increase in teen suicides in Walla Walla and surrounding areas, the Sources of Strength program was implemented at two local high schools.  Supported by a suicide prevention grant from DBHR, within 30 days and with the help of coalition members and the broader community, four days of training and a community night was held.


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