Category Archives: MCAP – Medfeild Cares About Prevention

e-cigarettes – health risks for teens

From my American Association for Justice morning newsletter –


E-cigarettes may pose health risks, especially for minors.

Business Insider (3/5, Brodwin, 4.07M) reports that e-cigarettes “are not without health risks,” and since “they contain nicotine, e-cigarettes are especially dangerous for kids and teens whose brains are still developing.” Specifically “in young people, nicotine appears to blunt emotional control as well as decision-making and impulse-regulation skills,” which “most likely helped prompt a warning about e-cigs from the US surgeon general in December.” In that public advisory, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams “discussed these concerns and said young people should never use e-cigs.” He said, “We need to protect our kids from all tobacco products, including all shapes and sizes of e-cigarettes.” The article adds that some e-cigarettes “appear to contain toxic metals, and using them has been tied to an increased risk of a heart attack.” Experts “say there’s a lot we still don’t know about” vaping “and how it could affect the body.”

MCAP working on grant language

Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) received one of the three Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund inaugural grants, one for $5,000, which MCAP will use to hire a grant writer so as to apply for the $625K five year federal grant ($125K/year) for substance abuse prevention staffing in town.

I represent the town government sector at MCAP, and at our meeting a week from tomorrow I will be trying to write that sector’s DFC grant action plan with Amanda Decker of Bright Solutions.  Below is part of what Dedham included in its grant application, which was taken from the grant language itself. Here is a link to the PDF:

If anyone wants to share their ideas, they would be welcome.

1 CADCA’s National Coalition Institute Seven Strategies for Creating Effective Community Change1 Identifying a comprehensive selection of evidence-based substance abuse prevention strategies/interventions is vital to implementing effective substance abuse prevention efforts in your community leading to positive change. It is equally vital to implement each of the evidence-based strategies/interventions you select in the most comprehensive manner possible. CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Creating Effective Community Change can assist your coalition or planning group with identifying appropriate and timely action steps to include in a comprehensive action plan for strategy/intervention implementation. 1. Providing Information Educational presentations, workshops or seminars or other presentations of data (e.g., public announcements, brochures, dissemination, billboards, community meetings, forums, web-based communication). 2. Enhancing Skills Workshops, seminars or other activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members and staff needed to achieve population level outcomes (e.g., training, technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats, curricula development). 3. Providing Support for Prevention Activities Creating opportunities to support people to participate in activities/strategies that reduce risk or enhance protection. 4. Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers Improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., assuring healthcare, childcare, transportation, housing, justice, education, safety, special needs, cultural and language sensitivity). This can include identifying barriers and possible strategies to overcome. 5. Changing Consequences (Incentives/Disincentives) Increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing public recognition for deserved behavior, individual and business rewards, taxes, citations, fines, revocations/loss of privileges). 6. Changing Physical Design/Making Environmental Changes Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, lighting, outlet density). 7. Modifying/Changing/Developing Policies Formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within government, communities and organizations). 1 Defining CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Community Change. Retrieved from: \nd.govdhsStateOfficeDHSDF-MHSAProgramsAOD__PreventionTechnical AssistanceSevenStrategies4CommunityChange (1).pdf


MCAP’s “Partners in Prevention” at Library 1/12

Annette Anderson, RPh, a Medfield CVS pharmacist, routinely educates parents, youth, and senior citizens about the safe use of prescription medication and provides vital information to consider as a patient. Using the CVS Health “Prescription for Parents” curriculum, she will share information about the effects of prescription drugs on the body and brain, the science behind addiction, resources available for those who need treatment, and how to feel comfortable having a discussion with your children about safe use. This training is free for all adults and is sponsored by Medfield Cares About Prevention. For more information about this community coalition, please visit RSVP is not required but is appreciated: Questions? Contact Medfield Youth Outreach at Prescription for Parents: A CVS Presentation A joint partnership of Medfield Cares About Prevention and Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention PARTNERS IN PREVENTION PARENT TRAINING SERIES: JANUARY 2019 Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Medfield Public Library 468 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052

See the movie 9/26

Suicide The Ripple Effect


Look for both the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) and Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) at shared booths tomorrow at Medfield Day on Frairy Street.

Mass AG investigates vaping company

From my American Association for Justice daily e-newsletter –


Massachusetts AG investigating whether Juul Labs took adequate steps to prevent sales to minors.

Reuters (7/24, Raymond) reports Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said at a press briefing that her office has opened an investigation into Juul Labs Inc. and online retailers Direct Eliquid LLC and Eonsmoke LLC to determine if they broke state law by “failing to prevent minors from buying their products.” The investigation intends to evaluate the effectiveness of Juul underage sales prevention efforts and what it does, “if anything” to stop its products from being sold by online retailers without age verification. The office said it was sending cease-and-desist letters to the online retailers to stop sales of Juul and e-cigarettes to Massachusetts residents “without adequate age verification systems.”

CNBC (7/24, LaVito, 4.81M) reports Healey said, “I want to be clear with the public. This isn’t about getting adults to stop smoking cigarettes. This is about getting kids to start vaping. That’s what these companies are up to. They’re engaged in an effort to get kids addicted, get them hooked so they will have customers for the rest of their lives.” Healey’s office will investigate whether the Massachusetts consumer protection statute or state e-cigarette regulations were violated.

The Hill (7/24, Wheeler, 2.71M) reports Healey “said Tuesday morning her office has sent Juul Labs subpoenas for information.” The Verge (7/24, Becker, 1.55M) reports the investigation is part of “a statewide push to end youth vaping and nicotine addiction.”

Also reporting are the Associated Press (7/24), Boston Globe (7/24, Campbell, 945K), and the Springfield (MA) Republican (7/24, 412K).


Substance abuse issue

Interesting article from a Boston Globe email today.  20%  of Massachusetts adults drink excessively, which makes it a major societal issue, as lots of societal costs result from that behavior. –


Perspective | Magazine

The legal drug we should be worried about isn’t marijuana

Alcohol is a far more dangerous substance. Yet the state of Massachusetts is thinking about making it easier to get.

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Massachusetts recently issued its first recreational marijuana license, bringing pot more fully into the ranks of regulated substances. Bravo! Decriminalizing drugs is a tactic that has been demonstrated to reduce their harm, notably in Portugal. And legalizing pot in Colorado and other states has not led to a surge in usage and related crime — or indeed even that collective societal zombification predicted by legalization opponents. But regulation is not a panacea, as we’re seeing with a substance that’s been legal for much longer: alcohol.

Almost 1 in 5 adults in Massachusetts drinks excessively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the higher rates in the United States. Consumption comes with substantial costs. For instance, the Massachusetts economy lost more than $5.6 billion in 2010, according to a 2015 study, from lost productivity, health care expenses, and other costs, including those from accidents caused by drunken driving. About 31 percent of driving deaths in the state in 2016 were alcohol-related. Nationally there are more than 88,000 alcohol-related deaths every year.

Beyond the statistics is the tragic personal impact of alcohol abuse: broken families, physical and sexual assaults, and infants born with physical abnormalities and mental disabilities when expectant mothers consume. Heavy alcohol consumption causes other serious illnesses, too. Liver disease and strokes are the two big killers, but as a medical student on rounds, I saw one patient whose drinking had caused issues leading to the removal of several abdominal organs. I was startled when that patient told me, “I would still drink if I could.” Also, people addicted to alcohol can die if they’re deprived of it, which is not the case with pot or even cocaine. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome claims the lives of between 5 and 10 percent of those who suffer from it.

Yet, we are bombarded with ads selling us on alcohol’s magical properties. Commercials seduce us with the promise that drinking will bring us happy, active social lives featuring sensual, fit men and women. Alcohol is indeed life altering; in 2010, British researchers ranked alcohol as the most harmful drug, legal or illegal, beating out heroin and crack cocaine.

The American approach to drinking is irrational, and must change. Two years ago, public health officials in the United Kingdom cut their recommended alcohol consumption limits to no more than seven 6-ounce glasses of wine or six pints of beer a week, for both men and women. A recent study by scientists at the University of Cambridge made the startling find that after five drinks a week, each one lowers life expectancy by 30 minutes. This is comparable to the life expectancy smokers are expected to lose per cigarette.

Care to guess what the recommended alcohol consumption limit is in the United States? The Department of Health and Human Services dietary guidelines allow men two drinks a day, or about 77 percent more alcohol per week than the United Kingdom does (suggested limits for US women are slightly lower than those in the UK).

From a public health perspective, the answer is crystal clear: We must immediately lower recommended drinking levels in the United States and then strive to reduce alcohol consumption. Following the model used for cigarettes, we should add strongly worded public health warnings on alcoholic beverages, ban alcohol advertisements, and decrease product visibility.

This will not be easy. The alcohol industry is a behemoth — the global alcoholic beverages market was valued at $1.34 trillion in 2015 — and is sure to fight back against attempts to enforce drinking guidelines. But we know it can be done. Tens of millions of people have quit smoking. If you are among them, never even touched a cigarette, or feel under siege for your habit, you are living proof that decades of coordinated assaults by public health experts on tobacco have worked. These efforts are estimated to have saved 8 million American lives over the last 50 years. Turning the public against the Marlboro Man shows societal attitudes toward drugs can change.

This is not a moral call, nor a cry for abstinence: The results of the American experiment with Prohibition were clear. And, drinking wine within recommended guidelines may reduce heart attack risk (sorry, beer and spirits drinkers, the same does not apply to you).

Instead of dogmatic approaches, we need a public conversation on why we drink to stupor, on the damage alcohol can cause, and on how to best regulate its consumption. All the controversy about where to let pot dispensaries open obscures the truth that we already patronize establishments dedicated to the consumption of legal narcotics: bars. Massachusetts is ridiculed for abolishing happy hour, but bringing it back would play into the hands of the liquor industry, which is known to target heavy drinkers, “super consumers” who are highly profitable for the industry. This is irresponsible if not immoral, and it ought to be illegal.

Late last year, the state’s Alcohol Task Force called for major changes in Massachusetts liquor laws, including relaxing some restrictions, which could increase drinking, while also recommending measures that will raise prices, which should lower consumption. The Legislature has since taken little action. You can help counter the power of industry lobbyists: Contact your state legislators and urge them to make sure any revisions to the law rein in cheap alcohol, help reduce binge drinking, and safeguard us from the worst effects of liquor.

Gianmarco Raddi is an MD/PHD student at the University of Cambridge and the University of California at Los Angeles. Send comments to Get the best of the magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday.Sign up here.


Suicide prevention training

The newly-formed Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (“MCSP”) invites interested community members to attend a FREE suicide prevention training taught by Riverside Trauma Center. The training is intended to help address this public health crisis by rais-ing awareness of suicidal behavior and teaching tools that can help prevent suicide. The MCSP particularly encourages parents and adults to attend. We hope to offer train-ing specially targeted to youth at a future date. Tuesday, December 5, 2017 7:00-9:00 p.m. The United Church of Christ in Medfield 496 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 FREE to the Public For questions, contact Heather Krauss at If you are inclined to financially support the MCSP, please consider making a donation through its Go Fund Me page at RSVP not required, but kindly appreciated. To RSVP, please visit:

NYT article on anxiety among adolescents

This really interesting article was shared by Medfield Youth Outreach Director, Dawn Alcott with Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) and Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP).  The article reports on extremely high levels of anxiety (30%) among all of our youth.


Just could not avoid sending this link to a terrific article from the NY times about youth anxiety and depression.

MCAP newsletter

As the blossoms of spring give way to sprawling summer leaves, we too are beginning to soak up the sun, breath in the fresh air, and harness a renewed energy as we work to support Medfield youth! In keeping with the bustle of the spring season, March, April, and May were busy MCAP months! On March 16th during the Medfield High School Spring Athletics Night, MCAP member Sue Andersen-Navalta gave a short presentation on the impact of substance use on the teen brain and body. Parent attendees were presented with the opportunity to sign up to view the Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit in a “parent coffee” style format, with both morning and evening presenta-tions available. MCAP also had a resource table at MHS’ “The Other Talk” event, educating parents about protecting their teens against substance misuse as they prepare to enter college and at Dr. Ruth Potee’s talk about the impact of substance use on the developing teen brain. As you may know, Massachusetts communities are facing a growing opioid epidemic. In this issue, our education series focuses on providing you with relevant information so that you can be informed about opioids and addiction prevention. Wishing you health and happiness! Warmly, MCAP Coalition Members MCAP Newsletter: Welcome Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) Stay in touch! Website: Email: Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) Working together to promote mental health and prevent alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use amongst our youth Spring 2017 Volume 2, Issue 1 “…Bringing people together to ensure community programs work!” Inside This Issue: Opioids 2 Hidden in Plain Sight: Parent Coffees 4 MYTT Summit 5 Recent Events 6 Teen Corner 6 Next Issue 6 Member Spotlight: Sue Andersen-Navalta 7 Page 2 Medfield Cares About Prevention Opioids By Annette Anderson, Pharmacist CVS — MCAP Team Member* Talk to your kids! They are listening! The opioid drug epidemic has been highly reported in the news and is impacting our communities and families. Prescription opioids are commonly known by the names oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, hydromorphone, and fentanyl and are sometimes prescribed to mitigate pain after a surgery for an injury, wisdom teeth removal, or other medical procedure. Opioids are essentially synthetic forms of the street drug heroin and interact with receptors in the central nervous system to bring about a blockage of pain sensations from the body. Opioids also cause feelings of a “high”, a feeling of intense pleasure brought about by a release of certain neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. After a period of only 72 hours/3 days, the body develops a dependence upon opioids. The body changes in such a way that it regards the opioids as necessary for its wellbeing, much as it regards glucose and oxygen as vital for survival. After 3 days of exposure to an opioid, sudden removal of this medication will cause symptoms of nausea, irritability, insomnia and emotional outbursts. Dependence begins to develop for every person after 3 days of exposure because our biology is all the same. Addiction develops when the pleasure experienced from opioid use outweighs the risk of the negative symptoms of withdrawal and the opioid is taken beyond the initial legitimate medical need (It is estimated that 85% of people who become addicted were first exposed to opioids for a legitimate medical need.) Additionally, the body learns how to more efficiently metabolize the opioid with continued exposure. Over time, this increased efficiency in metabolism causes the patient to require higher doses of that opioid to create the same pleasurable feeling, the “high”. If the patient runs out of his or her prescribed opioid medication, there is a risk that the person will turn to heroin to avoid withdrawal symptoms and to achieve the same pleasurable effects of the opioids. Heroin is widely available, low in cost, and bypasses the opioid prescriber who may question the continued use. *Annette is a pharmacist who works at the Medfield CVS. She routinely educates parents, youth and senior citizens about the safe use of prescription medication and is providing vital information to consider as a patient Volume 2, Issue 1 Page 3 While opioid medication may be the appropriate drug for some conditions there are important guidelines to consider as a patient or caregiver and to discuss with your medical practitioner. Pain treatment guidelines:  Any continued, or chronic, source of pain needs to be diagnosed by a health care professional. A proper diagnosis will guide the medical practitioner as to what method of treatment is most appropriate for the patient.  Explore other treatment options with your medical practitioner. Some pharmaceutical pain treatment options besides opioids are non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin. Also, acetaminophen, prescription steroids and muscle relaxants may be used. There are also many non-pharmaceutical pain relief options such as heat or cold therapy, physical therapy, alternative medicine and surgical interventions. When the use of an opioid is warranted:  Know that the risk of dependence rises as the length of opioid therapy increases and the dosage increases.  Minimize opioid drug use to the shortest interval possible (to minimize the risk of dependence).  If it is necessary to take the opioid for longer than 3 days, the patient should be aware there will be withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be minimized by working with the practitioner to slowly discontinue the opioid and, possibly, receive short term pharmaceutical support to mitigate withdrawal symptoms.  Once the medical need for the pain relief provided by the opioid is done, safely removing any remaining medication from the household will prevent the temptation to continue taking the medication. This will also ensure that the opioid medication does not get into the hands of someone without a prescription.  Medications can be returned to many local police stations in the take-back drug collection bin for safe disposal.  If after slow elimination of the medication, there is still a desire to use the opioid despite there not being a medical need, the patient or caretaker should contact the medical provider immediately to be evaluated for opioid addiction. Drug Take Back at the Public Safety Building Volume 2, Issue 1 Page 4 By Dawn Alcott, LICSW — Director of Medfield Youth Outreach and MCAP Leadership Team Member MCAP desires to provide opportunities that support parents and increase their knowledge about protective and risk factors to reduce substance misuse in Medfield youth. Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) is an ages 21+ exhibit that seeks to build communication between parents and youth. The HIPS exhibit features information about the impact of substance misuse in teens’ lives alongside a staged room where various items may indicate teen substance misuse. Items in the room range from devices used to conceal drugs and alcohol, to subtle suggestions that indicate changes in a teen’s preference in friends, media, and apparel that may indicate substance use. Participants are encouraged to explore each item for themselves. The display is not meant to be scary. It is not meant to have the participant assume that they would find all of the items in a teen’s room, but rather open conversations that lead to deeper dialogues with teens. The exhibit has helps parents recognize the signs of possible substance use so they can act if necessary. The HIPS exhibit is supplemented with educational materials that act as a reminder that teens are going through a process of significant brain development that continues well into their 20’s. Adolescence is a time where the brain is particularly vulnerable to injury or disruption. Substanc-es used during these years can adversely affect brain development. The part of the brain responsible for higher order thinking, impulse control, and anticipating consequences is the last part of the brain to develop. Teens need their parents to set and continually communicate clear and consistent rules and expectations around substance use. Because of the overwhelming success of the HIPS exhibit on Medfield Day, Hidden in Plain Sight will be featured again in connection with various educational opportunities for parents. Hidden in Plain Sight is a “staged room” It is NOT intended to SCARE you or make you assume that you would find all of these items within one teens room. The intention IS to PROVIDE you with knowledge and support you in parenting a connected family. Hidden in Plain Sight: A “Staged Room” Hidden in Plain Sight: A Program the Community is Talking About! Page 5 Medfield Cares About Prevention MetroWest Youth Teaming Together (MYTT) Summit Four Medfield High School students leaders were selected to represent our community at the MetroWest Youth Teaming Together Summit on Monday, April 24th. This day-long event brought youth from across MetroWest to learn from innovators in prevention and develop their own plans for a regional prevention effort for youth by youth. Presenters at the summit included:  Representative Carolyn Dykema: Massachusetts House of Representatives, 8th Middlesex District  Representative Brian Murray: Massachusetts House of Representatives, 10th Worcester District  Ty Sells: Director of Training for Youth to Youth International in Columbus, Ohio  Matt Ganem: Northeast Regional Coordinator of Banyan Treatment Center, host of Banyan Recovery Radio, poet, and author of “The Shadow of an Addict”  Dover Youth 2 Youth: Comprehensive youth empowerment program in New Hampshire where students organize and participate as part of the solution to the drug and violence problem in our communities At the end of the day, students presented their ideas for prevention initiatives to all attendees, including a panel of prevention specialists from across the region. The ideas will be voted on and a grant will be written for the chosen plan to be implemented in MetroWest. It was an invigorating day and we are proud of our Medfield student leaders for their active participation and innovative solutions in addressing the issue of youth substance use. Medfield Cares About Prevention You can bring the HIPS exhibit to a group of your choosing (church or civic group) or plan a parent gathering with a small group of guests. You provide the participants and we will provide the exhibit! Please contact Dawn or Chelsea at or by calling (508) 359-7121 to convey your interest and schedule a gathering (hosted in our office) or at your organization. Volume 2, Issue 1 Page 6 MetroWest Youth Teaming Together (MYTT) Summit Monday, April 24th, 8:30am—3:30pm Crystal Room in Milford, MA The purpose of the Summit was to bring together high school students from across MetroWest to provide education around substance abuse prevention and to provide an opportunity for them to engage with one another in generating youth-driven regional solutions. Dr. Ruth Potee Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm Medfield High School Gymnasium Dr. Potee’s expertise in adolescent brain development and its impact on teenage risk-taking, including alcohol and substance abuse, has been featured nationally. She blends scientific research with an understanding of the challenges of raising healthy teens. Parents and other interested members of the community attended to learn what they can do to keep their tweens and teens safer, healthier and substance-free through middle and high school years. If you missed this important presentation, you can watch a similar presentation online that she made in Northampton last year: Dr. Potee will also be returning to Medfield this fall for a day-long presentation to high school students. Are there any questions you would like answered? Do you have ideas that you want to share regarding prevention efforts in the community? We would love to hear from you! Contact us at to share your thoughts and questions! Be sure and check out our website for lots of great resources! Recent Events We are in the process of identifying the focus of our next MCAP newsletter and would love your feedback! Do you have a question you might want answered in the upcoming issue? Please feel free to submit any questions, specific area(s) of interest or feedback to us at the following: MCAP invites parents, youth and professionals to get involved with the coalition. We need parents whose children represent all grade levels and interested youth to join us. Contact us to learn more! We look forward to hearing from you! Next Issue Your feedback will help craft our coalition’s strategic plan for keeping Medfield youth safe! Teen Corner Sue Navalta is the happily married mother of two girls, 16 and 20 year of age, and has lived in Medfield for 20 years. Sue has her Ph.D. from Binghamton University in Psychology/Neuroscience. She then did her post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medi-cal School, where she has built her career for the last 23 years. Sue has studied the development of the brain’s reward and emotion systems during her ca-reer, with a special emphasis on the transitions between childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. It is during these transitions that mental illness and drug abuse are likely to ap-pear for the first time, but may also be prevented. Her mission is to determine how the brain develops typically, when things go wrong (such as following child abuse or drug expo-sure), and how to either prevent or intervene when things go wrong. Sue is an executive board member of the National Prevention Science Coalition and gives talks and workshops on adolescent brain development, substance abuse, and child abuse locally, nationally, and internationally. Sue receives federal funding for her research from the National Institutes of Drug Abuse and of Mental Health, as well as a number of founda-tions including the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the Tourette’s Syndrome Association. She currently is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Within the Town of Medfield, Sue has participated on the leadership team for Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) and has been an MCAP member for 7 years. She also was an active participant in Girl Scouts and is currently a coach of a high school aged community team for Destination Imagination, which she has enjoyed for the past 12 years. Sue Andersen-Navalta Medfield Cares About Prevention Coalition Member Spotlight: Sue Andersen-Navalta Stay in touch! Website: Email: MCAP, 2016 MCAP is comprised of people who care about youth in Medfield. Whether they live or work here in town, their commitment is to grow a culture of safety and health for the community’s youth. MCAP’s primary focus is on the prevention of sub-stance misuse and the promotion of mental and emotional health. Members represent parents, youth, the public schools, law enforcement, mental health organizations, local businesses, parks & recreation, town government, substance abuse research, local media, healthcare, and faith communities. About MCAP20170726-MCAP Newsletter Spring 2017_Page_220170726-MCAP Newsletter Spring 2017_Page_320170726-MCAP Newsletter Spring 2017_Page_420170726-MCAP Newsletter Spring 2017_Page_520170726-MCAP Newsletter Spring 2017_Page_620170726-MCAP Newsletter Spring 2017_Page_7

Parental skills training tonight

From Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) yesterday –

All parents welcome

You are welcome to attend and bring other parents/adults who care about Medfield youth with you.  If you could tweet about this, post to your facebook pages, blogs, share from Medfield Youth Outreach’s facebook page or MCAP’s it would be so very helpful.  This is coming together quickly due to the needs of hurting parents in the community and literally just gained final approval this evening.  This rose organically from the community. Let’s get behind it and spread the word!

Medfield Youth Outreach


Open Invitation For All Parents:

St. Edward Church of Medfield warmly welcomes Jim McCauley, LICSW, from Riverside Trauma Center for an evening where parents can develop their skills in navigating conversations with youth about depression and feelings of hopelessness. The Regional MetroWest data supports that youth are reporting more stress and that some have reported depressive symptoms and thoughts of suicide (MWAHS, 2016).  Parents have been reaching out community wide for ways to have meaningful conversations with their youth about these issues and to find pathways to build greater support in the community.

This evening is sure to be a dialogue to empower Medfield families in navigating these discussions and finding resources for the future.


Please join us on TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH AT 7PM AT ST. EDWARD CHURCH.  For more information please contact St. Edward Church: 508-359-6150 or

Childcare available for ages 4+.


RSVP here


All community parents are welcome.