“Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free.”
The National Family Partnership (NFP) unveiled its 2023 Red Ribbon Week Theme, “Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free.”™ on January 30. Submitted by Danielle Helm, a Youth Service Coordinator from Russell County Middle School in Russell Springs, Kentucky. This year’s theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!
Each year, the NFP sponsors the Red Ribbon Week Theme Contest. Co-sponsored by NFP’s long standing partner the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the theme contest invites millions of Americans across the country to submit a unique slogan that captures the essence and mission of the campaign.
Danielle’s theme was chosen because it encourages us to do our individual parts to keep our communities safe, healthy and drug free.
The theme encourages everyone to use their voice to make a difference no matter who they are, where they’re from or what they do. The possibilities are endless when the community works together.
“I chose this theme because drugs alter our current brain development and hinders further growth. Drugs decrease levels of neurotransmitters in the reward system of our brain, such as Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins. This can block our brain from naturally experiencing happiness,” said Danielle.
Be Kind to Your Mind. Live Drug Free.” is about making positive choices to be happy and healthy-that is being kind to our mind.
NFP organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in response to the murder of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. After his murder, parents, and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in America.
“The theme contest is just one-way NFP brings awareness to the community,” said Peggy B. Sapp, NFP President. “Each year we strive to engage the public by inviting them to share what living Drug-Free means to them. This year we are inviting them to show us what Drug-Free looks like by sharing different photos of themselves as representatives of the community.”
Theme submissions are accepted each year from January 1st through December 4th and winners of the contest receive $500 in Ribbon Week themed merchandise courtesy of Nimco, Inc. NIMCO is the only place families, children, and schools can purchase Red Ribbon Merchandise Theme material to support ongoing drug education in the schools.
Red Ribbon Week takes place each year from October 23rd through 31st.
Learn more about the contest and the campaign by visiting www.RedRibbon.org.
About the National Family Partnership
The National Family Partnership was established in 1980 and is a national leader in drug prevention, education, and advocacy. Its mission is to educate families, and to help kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free, through the promotion of two national campaigns: Red Ribbon Week® and the Lock Your Meds® campaign for prescription drug abuse awareness. Learn more about Red Ribbon Week at www.RedRibbon.org, Lock Your Meds at www.LockYourMeds.org and NFP at www.nfp.org.