Thursday, March 14, 2013
Training session for mental health program Icanhelp later in the month. Organizers hope to have people registered by the end of today.
If you have four hours to spare, and want to help Needham youth, then your time is running out to do so. Icanhelp is a mental health program which aims to create safe spaces for struggling students and act as a conduit to resources around town. The program has a four-hour training session coming up, March 20, 4-8 p.m. at Needham Town Hall. To introduce the program, the Publich Health Department held a one-hour presentation at Town Hall in February. The concept of the program, according to a Health Department press release, is loosely based on CPR. You can learn more at the Icanhelp website, their Facebook Page, or by Following @icanhelpme on Twitter. The Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention is sponsoring the program…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Needham Health Department launching new program based on CPR training to help students with social, academic and other issues.
If you can spare an hour for Needham's youth, then when they say they need help, you'll be able to say Icanhelp. To introduce this program, the Publich Health Department is hosting a one-hour presentation tomorrow afternoon, at 3:45 p.m., at Needham Town Hall. The concept of the program, according to a Health Department press release, is loosely based on CPR. The aim of the program is to teach professionals to spot the warning signs that a teen may be in trouble, and how to start talking to them. The introductory course will be followed up by a training session on March 20. Those interested should contact NeedhamICH@gmail.com and leave a name and contact information. The following is a press release from the Needham Health Department…
Monday, August 6, 2012
This column was submitted by the Needham Public Health Department.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Submitted by Carol Read, Needham Public Health Department Tragic stories of traffic-related deaths are rampant at the local and national level; we are inundated daily with media reports of the loss of life resulting from car crashes attributed to drinking under the influence of alcohol. Some Americans are desensitized to the statistics and research that validate the alarming rate of accidents caused by drivers who test positive for alcohol. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 10, 839 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32 percent) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. An alarming 25 percent of drivers, between the ages of 15 to 20 years who died in…
Friday, June 15, 2012
The town held its first Responsible Beverage Server training program on June 5.
Needham is still at least a year away from voting on whether to allow shops to sell packaged wine, beer or liquor in town. But recently, the town took steps to ensure that establishments currently licensed to sell alcohol by the glass are trained in best practices to run a safe, healthy operation. On Tuesday, June 5, the town held its first Responsible Beverage Server training program for liquor licensees in Needham. Sponsored by the Board of Selectmen, the Public Health Department and the Needham Police Department and funded by a federal grant through the Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, the training program was deemed "a great success" by those who organized it, according to Cathy Toran of the Needham Public Health…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Town Meeting voted 158-59 in favor of petitioning the state legislature to authorize a local ballot question on whether to allow the sale of wine, beer and alcohol in Needham.
All Needham voters will have the chance to weigh in on the subject of allowing retail alcohol sales in Needham. Though the state legislature must first approve the town’s home rule petition seeking the right to place a question on the ballot, it is likely the issue will come up at a local election in the next year or so following a vote of Town Meeting Wednesday night. After about an hour of discussion in the second night of Needham’s 2012 Annual Town Meeting, held in the James Hugh Powers Hall on Wednesday, May 9, Town Meeting members put it to a vote, with 158 in favor of the measure and 59 against—enough of the required two-thirds approval needed to pass. Some Town Meeting members and residents voiced strong opposition to the article, …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Local youth christen Powers Hall stage with first evening concert
Just over a month before a professional concert series is set to open in Needham’s Powers Hall, six teen bands took the newly renovated stage for a concert of their own. Live @ Town Hall featured local teens performing for their peers in an event held Friday, Feb. 10 and organized by the Needham High School R.A.D.D. group. Short for Rockets Against Destructive Decisions, R.A.D.D. strives to organize fun, engaging events for local teens that give them other ways to spend a night out, instead of engaging in unhealthy activities such as drinking and using drugs. "Our mission is to empower kids to be healthy and substance free to reduce youth substance abuse, so by having these positive social activities that are laidback and fun and appealing…
Monday, November 21, 2011
Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention is launching a poster campaign designed to raise parents awareness about their role in reducing drug and alcohol use.
Needham residents will be seeing a new face around town—the face of a teenager appearing on posters designed to raise awareness about substance abuse in the community. The Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention is launching a community awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word that parents can make a difference. "The mission and vision of the coalition is centered on collaboratively reducing youth substance use in our community with prevention initiatives. One such initiative is to generate awareness regarding the number of Needham High School students who drink alcohol in a typical month," said Carol Read, substance abuse prevention and education coordinator with the Needham Public Health Department. "The good news …
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Parents of Needham students in grades 6-12 are being asked to respond to an online survey to help with the efforts of the Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention.
Needham parents are being asked to fill out a survey on their perceptions and beliefs about underage drinking and substance abuse in the community. Organized by the Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and the Needham Public Health Department, the online survey asks parents of local students in grades 6-12 to respond to questions such as how they think youth get access to drugs or alcohol and what they feel the appropriate police response to underage drinking should be. “The parent survey is a very important component, from our coalition’s viewpoint, of what parents are doing as far as working with their kids, what parents are saying to their kids and what information parents think they’d like to know,” said Carol Read, …