We are excited to announce a brand-new campaign at GUIDE called Red Ribbon Year!
Red Ribbon Year kicked off in November 2017 and will run through Red Ribbon Week in October 2018. Between now and then, we are making it our mission to keep the conversation going about why it’s important to be alcohol, tobacco and other drug free – not for just a week, but all the time.
The intention of this campaign is to help individuals and groups across Georgia celebrate being drug free all year long because we know prevention efforts are much more effective when they are continuous and sustained over time.
At the beginning of every month, we will post here with how you can celebrate. You can expect us to highlight national prevention-related cause awareness days, relevant campaigns, events and project ideas.
With your help, we can be all in, all year for prevention across the state of Georgia!
When you participate, share your successes with us by using #RedRibbonYear on social media.
If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Alexis Cato at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month we are celebrating Alcohol Awareness Month!
Did you know that alcohol is the most widely abused substance among youth in Georgia and the United States and that consuming alcohol underage can have serious effects on the developing teenage brain? That is why preventing underage drinking must be a priority nationally, statewide and locally! Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), has sponsored April as Alcohol Awareness Month “to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.”
One of the ways GUIDE is celebrating Alcohol Awareness Month is by launching our new statewide Adult Opinion Survey, which allows us to gather data and insight on what adults think about underage drinking and prescription drug misuse to help inform our prevention strategies. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey below! (If you’re unable to view the below form, please click here.)
In addition, you can share with us your commitment to preventing underage drinking by completing our pledge.
GUIDE has a multitude of resources related to alcohol prevention. Here’s a quick list for a great start:
Want to get involved by planning an Alcohol Awareness Month project in your community? Read our recent blog post for a comprehensive list of project ideas: Alcohol Awareness Month Roundup: Project Ideas to Celebrate Being Alcohol Free.
If you participate in celebrating Alcohol Awareness Month, share your successes with us by using #RedRibbonYear on social media.
If you have any questions about our Red Ribbon Year campaign, please contact Alexis Cato at email@example.com.
Don’t forget to check back with us in May as we celebrate National Prevention Week, May 13-19, 2018. You can plan ahead by visiting SAMHSA’s website to learn more.
To view the archives of past monthly prevention celebrations, please click here.
GUIDE’s mission is to improve community conditions by utilizing collaborations, promoting positive youth development, delivering specialized training and resources and preventing substance use and abuse.