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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Reading Public Schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.  Be safe and practice proper hygiene and social distancing.  Go to https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/covid-19-information/ for Up to Date Information.

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Helpful services during COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use
Helpful services during COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use
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2020 Coalition Resource List - Finding Help for Substance Misuse
2020 Coalition Resource List - Finding Help for Substance Misuse

Check out the latest Substance Misuse Resource List 2020_Final_RC_Yellow_SA_Resource_List_7.10.20.pdf

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2020 Coalition Resource List - Finding Help for Mental Health
2020 Coalition Resource List - Finding Help for Mental Health

Check out the latest Mental Health Resource List 2020_Final_RC_Blue_MH_Resource_List.7.10.20.pdf

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"Back to School: Helping Kids Overcome School Anxiety & Build Resiliency Webinar
"Back to School: Helping Kids Overcome School Anxiety & Build Resiliency Webinar

Mark your calendar! Please join@OperationPARENT for their next free webinar: "Back to School: Helping Kids Overcome School Anxiety and Build Resiliency" on August 24 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT. Register soon to reserve a spot: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6629647604996428048?source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3-uspGNnrZ3F2Y-obd-iGQpRqJmYRiljDmYShLVc51ohC3q6hKO3XfGUo#COVID19

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Caring for our kids during COVID-19 --- Part 1
Caring for our kids during COVID-19 --- Part 1

Check out our short video on keeping our kids safe 

Find out how to support your child’s social and emotional needs

Quick tips to empower our kids

Wondering about screen time and your kids?  

Kevin Kozin, LICSW, shares his motto with us: Never worry alone.

#connectandcope

#covid19

Brought to by the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition serving Medford, Malden, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winchester.

 

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Caring for our kids during COVID-19 --- Part 2
Caring for our kids during COVID-19 --- Part 2

Self-care & anxiety 

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Anxiety is normal. Recognize and respond to it. 

Any of these sound familiar to you and your family? 

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Take a minute to take care.

#connectandcope #covid19

Brought to by the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition serving Medford, Malden, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winchester.

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Caring for our kids during COVID-19 --- Part 3
Caring for our kids during COVID-19 --- Part 3

Check out this important conversation on talking to kids about race and racism from SPARK Kindness!

Feeling low? Empower yourself with these helpful tips!

Be empowered and make a plan to manage your anxiety (for you and your kids), check out Empowerment vs. helplessness 

Learn more about mapping out a plan to address anxiety.

#connectandcope #covid19

Brought to by the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition serving Medford, Malden, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winchester.

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Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition Donates Books to Reading Public Library
Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition Donates Books to Reading Public Library

In June the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition made several generous donations to the public libraries in all towns served by the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition. These donations consisted of books for readers of all ages focusing on managing mental health concerns, substance use prevention, self-care, and racial equity. 

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The books were purchased from local book shops in each community. As part of the donation, the Reading Public Library received 18 books! All these titles (and more!) will be available soon to be borrowed from our library. Thank you to the MVPHC for their generosity and to the RPL staff for continuing to support the Reading community!

 

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Tips for Managing Anxiety During Reopening Webinar- View the recording from 6/25/20
Tips for Managing Anxiety During Reopening Webinar- View the recording from 6/25/20

Check out the latest recorded webinar entitled "Managing Anxiety for You and Your Family During Reopening."  

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 This conversation focused on managing anxiety for you and your family during reopening. Our guest panelists addressed issues around anxiety, ethical decision making during the reopening phases, self-care strategies, and talking to your children about alcohol use. 

Listen to the recording and feel free to share with others. And, go here for the resources shared and more. A huge thank you to our moderator, Ivy Jones-Turner, and our presenter, Kevin Kozin, MTS, LICSW!

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Also, please email eparsons@cityofmelrose.org and let us know if there are other topics you are interested in hearing more about!

Learn more at www.mysticvalleypublichealth.org/connectandcope/

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Supporting Healthy Teen Relationships Webinar by Reading Coalition, RESPOND & RPS- View the recording from 6/16/20
Supporting Healthy Teen Relationships Webinar by Reading Coalition, RESPOND & RPS- View the recording from 6/16/20

View the Healthy Teen Dating Webinar hosted by the Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support on Tuesday, June 16th.

Slides: FINAL_Supporting_Healthy_Teen_Dating_Relationships_Webinar.pdf

Webinar Focus: Supporting young people in developing healthy dating relationships is an essential part of positive youth development. This webinar, created for parents and caregivers, will:

-Discuss strategies to promote healthy teen dating
-Provide guidance on how to talk to young people about healthy dating
-Explain teen dating violence (i.e. what is it, what does it look like)
-Provide strategies on how to recognize and intervene in an unhealthy teen dating relationship
-Share healthy dating resources available to the Reading community

Presenters:
Zoe Sachs, Community Intervention and Education Coordinator, RESPOND Inc.- Working to End Domestic Violence
Erica McNamara, MPH, Director, Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support
Samantha Salkin, BAPH, Outreach Coordinator, Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support

 

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New MASS Law Impacting Tobacco Control- Effective June 1
New MASS Law Impacting Tobacco Control- Effective June 1

The new Massachusetts tobacco law, An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control, goes into effect on June 1, 2020. Learn more about the legal changes here and MA_Tobacco_Law_2.Effective_June_1_2020.png

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Help for those who want to quit vaping, smoking or using other tobacco products is available for FREE at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) and KeepTryingMA.org.

For more information on vaping and smoking cessation support, view a recording of our Vaping Trends & Cessation Support Webinar available below. For questions and support on quitting vaping and smoking, please contact Samantha Salkin, Reading Coalition Outreach Coordinator, at ssalkin@ci.reading.ma.us.

To learn more about how this new law will protect youth from nicotine addiction and fight the tobacco industry’s targeting of youth, LGBTQ+ populations, and communities of color, contact Ashley Hall, MS from the Northeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership at ashley.hall@glfhc.org.

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View the Vaping Trends & Cessation Support Webinar Hosted on 5/13/20
View the Vaping Trends & Cessation Support Webinar Hosted on 5/13/20

The Reading Coalition and Lotus Health Education LLC in partnership with the Reading Public Schools hosted a live webinar on May 13, 2020 on Vaping Trends & Cessation Support. If you weren’t able to make it, or are interested in reviewing the information we shared, you can view a recording of the webinar and slides using the below links.

Webinar Topic: Vaping Trends & Cessation Support Webinar

Webinar Recording:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/6YsrEp371kxJULPizlnddPMxPZbHX6a81yhM-_EPnRtFBX9dBPMiDA1MlwY8iMte

Webinar Slides:

Slides_for_Vaping_Trends_Cessation_Support_Webinar_5.13.20.pdf

If you have any questions about the material covered, or are looking for resources for yourself or a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact Samantha Salkin, Outreach Coordinator. She is happy to assist your family in connecting with the appropriate supports.

Webinar Panelists:

Samantha Salkin, BAPH, Outreach Coordinator, Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support, ssalkin@ci.reading.ma.us

Kathleen G. O’Leary RN, MS, FNP-BC, NP-C, CTTS, Founder/CEO Lotus Health Education, lotushealthedllc@gmail.com

Special thanks to the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition for sponsoring this webinar via Zoom. 

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Check out the "Dear Mysty" series from Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition
Check out the "Dear Mysty" series from Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition

View the campaign Dear_Mysty_COVID_Campaign_Connect_and_Cope.pdf or at 

www.mysticvalleypublichealth.org/connectandcope

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Got a question or concern for Mysty? Email mvroapgmail.com

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Got a question or concern for Mysty? Email mvroapgmail.com

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Spring 2020 Coalition Newsletter
Spring 2020 Coalition Newsletter

Catch up on the latest newsletter from the Reading Coalition

https://conta.cc/3enZfMr

 

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Do you know someone who could overdose from pain medication or heroin?
Do you know someone who could overdose from pain medication or heroin?

If so, ask a pharmacist today about getting Naloxone. Naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose from opioids. It could also save a life. It’s available in a few forms. It’s easy to use and training is available if you want it.

Carry Naloxone Save a Life Call 911

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/how-to-get-naloxone

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An Important Message from Reading Police Department about COVID-19
An Important Message from Reading Police Department about COVID-19

The Reading Police Department continues to monitor the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and is working closely with the Town Manager, Fire Department, Superintendent of Schools, Emergency Management Director and local public health officials.

Public safety is our primary responsibility and we will always respond immediately to 911 emergencies and urgent calls for service. In order to continue providing the best police services to the Town of Reading and its citizens, the Reading Police Department will be limiting our face-to-face interactions when possible. Officials are concerned with the health and well-being of our staff as well as the public we serve. As this virus continues to spread, the main goal is to maintain a healthy police force for the continuation of services without resorting to contingency plans.

Reading Police Department is suspending walk-in services as they pertain to fingerprinting, VIN checks, records requests, non-violent past offenses, medication drop-off, compost stickers, etc.

Resident stickers will no longer be available from dispatch. You must go to the second floor of the station and see one of the administrative assistants, Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check or exact cash only. Please call or email the police department for any records requests. Records Division: publicrecordsrequestrpd@ci.reading.ma.us, 781-942-6769.

For firearm licenses that are going to expire, please email the Armorer at LTC@ci.reading.ma.us and you will receive an extension letter covering you during this hold period. Officials are asking new applicants to wait to apply until the COVID-19 situation is over. For those that are renewing, most steps in the renewal process can be done online or through the mail.

Walk-in service for non-emergencies is suspended and we ask that you call the police station instead. As a temporary change, non-emergency matters may be reported over the phone to 781-944-1212 (#0) and an officer will be assigned to follow-up with you. This applies to a variety of less serious offenses that are NOT IN PROGRESS. In these cases, officers may utilize email for statements or photos needed for the report.

As always, if reporting an emergency, please dial 911. If it is determined that a response by an officer is warranted please understand that they are likely to keep a “safe distance” and unlikely to shake hands, etc. Again, this is out of an abundance of caution to keep our staff and the public safe and not an indicator of the officers’ friendliness or willingness to help.

Rest assured, that help is there for you as you would expect. Only temporary changes are being made to the way that services are provided, while being committed to the same excellent service that our community deserves.

https://www.readingma.gov/police-department

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Reading Police Rx Medication Dropbox temporarily closed due to COVID-19
Reading Police Rx Medication Dropbox temporarily closed due to COVID-19

Due to current events, the Reading Police Department will NOT allow medication drop off. If you would like a disposal packet that you can use at home to dissolve your medications, please contact emcnamara@ci.reading.ma.us with your name and mailing address and number of bottles to be disposed. 

Help reduce prescription drug misuse.

  • Store/lock any remaining bottles safely & away from children/teens
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Send an anonymous tip to Reading PD
Send an anonymous tip to Reading PD

How to Provide An Anonymous Tip

 

You can provide an anonymous tip to the Reading Police Department by texting the keyword READINGPD and a message to 847411 (tip411). Alternatively, you can click here and provide a tip through an anonymous online form. Provide as much information with as much detail as possible. The images above give a good example of what is required for a proper response. The anonymous tip service has been extremely effective since its debut in 2011.

Is it Really Anonymous?

 

Yes, please be assured that all tips are completely anonymous as they are pruned of all identifying information by Citizen Observer, a leading provider in anonymous tip services nationwide. Questions regarding how this pruning process works should be directed at the company directly by calling (888) 952-2200 or by visiting their website by clicking here.

 

https://www.readingma.gov/police-department/pages/provide-an-anonymous-tip

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Get connected to mental health services!
Get connected to mental health services!
Get matched with a mental health services provider, call the INTERFACE REFERRAL HELPLINE 888-244-6843 (toll free). Available from Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm for Reading residents.

Learn more about the service at Interface_Reading_and_What_to_Expect_When_You_Call.pdf

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Search the Behavioral Health Services Directory
Search the Behavioral Health Services Directory

Network of Care Massachusetts, is a comprehensive, searchable directory that includes more than 5,000 mental health, substance use, and related social services programs and organizations across the Commonwealth. For each listing, users can find a program description and contact information, as well as information on populations served, relevant eligibility and fee information, and more.

Learn more at www.massachusetts.networkofcare.org.

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Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During COVID-19
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During COVID-19
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Virtual Support for those in Recovery
Virtual Support for those in Recovery

Learn about the Phoenix and their virtual wellness supports. This free sober active community has inspired more than 26,000 people across America to believe they have the strength to rise from the ashes of addiction through the support of those who are walking that very same path. The only membership fee is 48 hours of continuous sobriety. Learn more at https://thephoenix.org/virtual/

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Is your teen using alcohol, marijuana or other drugs?
Is your teen using alcohol, marijuana or other drugs?

Wondering if your teen needs treatment?

HELP IS AVAILABLE

www.HelplineMA.org 

HOPE IS HERE.

800-327-5050

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 Youth and young adults services:

• Outpatient counseling

• Detox programs

• Residential programs

• Recovery high schools

• Medication-assisted treatment

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health 

MA Department of Public Health

BSAS     Bureau of Substance Addiction Services

Prevent • Treat • Recover • For Life

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Get matched with a mental health services provider, call the INTERFACE REFERRAL HELPLINE 888-244-6843 (toll free). Available from Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm for Reading residents.

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