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Encore Presentation: Teens, Tweens and Quarantines Webinar featuring Jon Mattleman

  An encore presentation recorded on May 20, 2020. “Teens, Tweens, & Quarantines” is a presentation by Jon Mattleman for parents focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on our children. This talk addresses: The teen/tween brain Explain why the COVID-19 pandemic is so difficult for this age group Survey the process of loss Discuss issues related to independence, autonomy, and...

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Teen Depression: Get the Facts

Families for Depression Awareness has provided some fact and tip sheets for families dealing with depression. Depression is a serious medical condition that creates intense feelings of pain and suffering, and can lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. When we know the signs to look for, we can support teens in getting the treatment they need and deserve. Consider these...

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Teens, Tweens and Quarantines Webinar featuring Jon Mattleman

  “Teens, Tweens, & Quarantines” is a presentation by Jon Mattleman for parents focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on our children. This talk addresses: The teen/tween brain Explain why the COVID-19 pandemic is so difficult for this age group Survey the process of loss Discuss issues related to independence, autonomy, and privacy Offer perspectives and suggestions that parents can...

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Looking to Quit Vaping? Try Practicing the 4 D’s

For those struggling to quit using e-cigarettes, it may be particularly difficult. If you’re trying to quit vaping, try and practice the 4 D’s to help get through the urges of using. Practice the 4 D’s DELAY: Delay acting on the urge to vape. Wait out the urge, which only lasts a few minutes. DEEP BREATHING: Take two deep breaths....

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Recovery Tips and Supports for Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19

COVID-19 (often referred to as Coronavirus) has most people understandably concerned for a variety of reasons, including the highly contagious nature of the virus, the fact that people can carry it for days without showing symptoms, and the vulnerabilities of certain populations who could be more adversely impacted if they contract the virus—such as older adults and individuals with chronic...

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Natick Remembers Those Impacted by the Addiction This Holiday Season

December 4, 2019, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The holiday season can be a difficult time of year for individuals and families who have been impacted by the substance use disorder. Many families are separated from each other due to stays in treatment settings, strained relationships, or in the most tragic of circumstances, because a loved one has lost their life due...

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Natick Residents Encouraged to Take Steps to Reduce the Risk of Overdose

November 8, 2019, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Natick 180 is a town interagency group committed to marshaling town, school, health, medical, counseling, legal, clergy and leadership resources to support the Natick community in addressing substance use. We are deeply saddened by recent deaths in our community and have been working diligently to reflect on the circumstances of these overdoses, learn from...

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Introducing Kids Serve Too. A New After School Club in Natick

Calling All Military Kids! Kids Serve Too is a new after school club in Natick designed for elementary and middle school kids who have an intimate family member in the military or retired family members. Who: Kids Serve Too is for kindergarteners through 8th graders. Older people are welcome to help out! Where: Wilson Middle School When: October/November to the...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Spot Risky Behaviors at Natick Mall A Community Initiative to Help Adults Recognize Signs of Youth Substance Use

WHAT: The Hidden in Plain Sight initiative helps parents and other caring adults spot signs of risky behaviors using an interactive display of a teen or young adult’s bedroom. Specially trained volunteer “tour guides” from MetroWest community coalitions will walk participants through the display, providing education about adolescent development and common signs of substance use. This exhibit encourages parents and...

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Natick 180 Changes the Conversation about Addiction

On Monday, June 10, 2019, the Natick Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to support the creation of a new Natick-based coalition to prevent and reduce substance use disorder in Natick. The new Natick 180 Coalition will focus on preventing youth substance use before it starts, connecting individuals and families in Natick who experience substance use disorders to intervention and treatment...

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