SAMHSA’s Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking Returns for 2021!
SAMHSA’s eighth round of its Communities Talk to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative is set to launch January 2021. Among Americans under age 21, alcohol is the most frequently used substance, used more often than tobacco, marijuana, or other illicit drugs. And while underage alcohol use rates have steadily declined since 2002, 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data show past month underage drinking rates remained unchanged from 2018 to 2019.
Here are ways you can participate in and support the 2021 Communities Talk effort:
- Register to receive a $750 planning stipend.
- Invitations will be distributed via email in January 2021. If you would like to participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation (note that stipends are available on a first come, first served basis).
- Visit the Communities Talk website and read the Success Stories about prevention activities that happened in your region: https://www.stopalcoholabuse.
- Promote #CommunitiesTalk via social media.
- Use the hashtag #CommunitiesTalk on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay connected to the initiative any time you promote underage drinking prevention or other related topics and encourage organizations you know to use it as well. Plan to post a few things throughout the year, such as photos from local activities, SAMHSA’s Prevention Day, or other related events.
Since 2006, thousands of Communities Talk activities across the country have helped increase public awareness about underage drinking and supported prevention efforts of community-based organizations (CBOs). These activities have helped mobilize community action in supporting evidence-based prevention practices that reduce the prevalence of underage drinking and substance misuse. In 2019, Communities Talk activities included:
- More than 1,200 registered activities
- More than 61,000 in-person participants
- More than 16,000 virtual participants
- More than 150 institutions of higher education
A survey of the 2019 Communities Talk organizers found that:
- 67 percent of all Communities Talk activities involved youth in planning/and or hosting.
- 77 percent of Communities Talk activities focused on the important role of parents and caregivers in underage drinking prevention.
- 88 percent of Communities Talk participants learned new ways to prevent underage drinking in their communities.
We are adjusting program resources, as appropriate, to be responsive to changing community needs. We’re ready to support you with new resources to help in planning a safe Communities Talk activity in 2021 and have attached a resource document that should be helpful as you begin your activities.
Thank you for your support of this initiative.