For many years, a key component in the prevention of substance abuse and other problem behaviors has been the distribution of current information and materials. With the budget cuts of the last few years, Preventionfocus has had to reduce the amount of time spent by staff members at community events. In order to reach more people while spending less staff time on such activities, Preventionfocus has been placing a large, professional, trade show display in college campus student unions, libraries, and other locations that enjoy significant foot traffic. The free-standing floor to ceiling display is eight feet tall and ten feet wide with a shelf area in the center to hold takeaway materials or enable those interested to sign up for trainings, add themselves to contact lists, or take surveys.
Thanks to grant support from the New York State Office of Mental Health, the New York Council on Problem Gambling and the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, the display can be completely covered in professional signage designed to help in the effort to prevent suicide, teen problem gambling, and underage drinking. Once placed at a location, the display usually remains there for at least a week. For more information on this strategy or to suggest a location for placement, contact Brooke Goergen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-884-3256, ext. 203.