Reading YRBS Part II Presentation Tonight at School CommitteeThe RCASA Director will present data from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey for Reading on safety, bullying and other health issues at 7pm.
Thurs April 5th- Alex's Story Featured at Reading Memorial High SchoolStudents in 11th and 12th grade had the opportunity to view a unique presentation from Plymouth State University's TIGER Program on the issue of opioid awareness. Students learned about the impact of substance abuse and had the opportunity to ask questions.
Thurs April 5th- Vaping Prevention Presentation for Austin Prep ParentsSchool personnel, SRO Lewis, and the RCASA Director will be on hand to discuss the issue of vaping. 7 pm
Wed April 4th- Vaping Prevention Presentation for RMHS ParentsRMHS Administrators and the RCASA Director will share highlights on the issue of vaping, trends, and ways to prevent use. RMHS Schettini Library, 7 p.m.
Learn about prevention coalitions in MassachusettsRCASA partners with many other coalitions in our region to share info, exchange resources, and co-host events. If you want to learn more about coalitions in other communities. There are coalitions that focus on a wide variety of health initiatives. Click the link below to searc… Continue
Ways to Prevent Vaping UseCheck out this resource for talking to your teens (mentioned at recent middle school presentation for parents)
Vaping Awareness Night for Middle School ParentsSpecial thanks to Coolidge & Parker Middle School for inviting Erica McNamara, RCASA Director to shed some light on the increase in vaping use as well as ways to increase protective factors for middle school youth. View the presentation from March 15, 2018 here.
First Congregational Church of Reading Donates to RCASAErica McNamara, the RCASA Director, was warmly welcomed to church service on 1/18/18 by the congregants. Rev. Steadman spoke about the important work of RCASA and provided a donation of $800 from the faire proceeds. They also presented a beautiful flower arrangement. The funds w… Continue
RMHS Captains and Club Leaders being trained as Game Changers to reduce gender based violence.Great job on Jan. 25 and 26, 2018, more work ahead.
Parker PTO- Jan. 3, 2018Thanks to Parker PTO for having me as their special guest. Here is the presentation in case you missed it!
Sen. Lewis Reports on Marijuana Law Changes: Cannabis Control Commission Recommendations Coming SoonSen. Jason Lewis presented to the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition on 12/7/17 on the anticipated changes from the new marijuana laws. Visit the Cannabis Control Commission webpage to view recommendations as they are posted.
Jams was Jake was hosted on 11/12/17 by 'FRIENDS OF JAKE' with support from RCASA and community partners. Check out Community Education
See below for some of the amazing posts from friends and family and highlights of the day from PicBear
"From Tim O with a pic of art of Caitlin Beckman...Earlier this year I lost one of my friends Jake to drug overdose. Sending love to all of my friends in the States for the amazing event they have put their heart to today. Of all the days I have spent in India today is the one I wish I could spend in the States because this event means so much. Music more than anything I know brings people together, this is as Jake would of wanted. #livemusic#livingabroad #jamsforjake #reading #01867#endthestigma #drugawareness#sendinglove #music #musicfestivial #India#BostonBreed #love #charity #Jake
"Pat B., Friends of Jake Co-Organizer and Musician enjoys the day in memory of Jake @ Jams for Jake, 11/12/17. Benefit concert/community gathering to honor the music and life of Jake Czuczwa. I cant imagine how much work @wildgrownyogi and @___john__oliver___ and all the musicians, friends, family, and volunteers put into this, but they did an amazing job and I think they even ended up exceeding fundraising goals and expectations for turnout, too. Big ups you guys! #jfj#jamsforjake"
"From John O, Jake, we had a beautiful day today. Everyone who played music, everyone who helped out, everyone who came out to be together was directly touched by you and your powerful heart. I hope you were watching down on us, listening to your beautiful songs. Love you buddy. #jfj #jamsforjake #erasethestigma"
From Lauren A., Friends of Jake Co-Organizer, Yesterday, two sweet older women called me over to talk to them. They explained they knew Jake from when he worked at Starbucks. "He was OUR barista" they said. They were both nearly in tears with how touched they were to see his friends hosting this event in his honor, and perfectly expressed one of the things that made Jake so special... "Even from short conversations every morning, we felt like we knew him. He was just such an open person with a big heart." I am not surprised at the huge success that was the 1st annual #jamsforjake, for that exact reason. Feeling thankful for everyone that helped pull this thing off, for everyone that played, and for everyone who came out to celebrate Jake and his music. Love and miss you, Jake. I treasure the many memories I have with you, and hope we kept your spirit alive yesterday. Even your Starbucks regulars came out to share how much they loved you. 24 years and yet your legacy is one of profound love and openness, and !awesome music. Still feeling inspired.#jfj #endthestigma #missyoufriend #livemusic #artauction #youguysrock #comebacknextyear
See more pics at http://www.picbear.eu/tag.php?tag=jamsforjake
Press about the event
Jams For Jake Honors a Memory, Continues a Discussion
Watch the RCTV Broadcast of Dr. Potee's presentation in Reading @ RCASA Annual Meeting https://youtu.be/UrNfyaL3Bv8?t=45m43s
Watch the full RCASA Annual Meeting, which includes DA Marian Ryan and Dr. Potee https://youtu.be/UrNfyaL3Bv8
As promised, Dr. Potee has allowed us to share her presentation from the 11th Annual RCASA Meeting. Thank you to all that attended and to Dr. Potee for her insight and knowledge.
Dr. Ruth Potee is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, she is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management. Dr. Potee is nationally recognized for her public speaking style that skillfully blends scientific research with an understanding of the challenges of raising healthy teens. She is an extremely dynamic and sought after speaker who, in response to the ongoing opioid epidemic, has made it her mission to educate the public about the nature of addiction and why it is the only brain disease that is 100% preventable…“It’s chemistry, not character”.
Learn more about Dr. Potee's work at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjyvRQFbseQ
More recovery month events at Community Education
Lynn Lyons, Author and Therapist presented an insightful workshop to an audience of 300 adults, including parents and school staff on October 17, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. Lynn addressed the "Worry Cycle" including strategies for teens and their parents on managing anxiety.
Learn more about her books, DVDs, and online resources
Book Titles co-authored by Lynn Lyons and mentioned at the event:
ANXIOUS KIDS, ANXIOUS PARENTS:7 WAYS TO STOP THE WORRY CYCLE AND
RAISE COURAGEOUS & INDEPENDENT CHILDREN
PLAYING WITH ANXIETY:CASEY’S GUIDE FOR TEENS AND KIDS
Learn more about the service at Interface_Reading_and_What_to_Expect_When_You_Call.pdf