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Reading issues Declaration of State of Emergency, Prohibits Door-to-Door solicitations, and more.

Information from the State for Workers: 

NEW: The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at The Reading Masonic Hall, 110 Haven Street on April 29, 2020 and May 27, 2020

Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support

Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support, previously RCASA, developed a comprehensive guide for support during this COVID-19 crisis that may be useful to parents and families. The guide includes supports like tips on talking to children about the COVID-19 outbreak, tools for managing stress and anxiety during a crisis, guidance on how to access mental health and substance use disorder treatment, information on virtual AA/NA meetings and family support groups, and much more! The guide is being updated as the resources available change, so please check the document regularly.  Please contact Samantha Salkin, Outreach Coordinator, Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support at with any questions.Click here for the document. Click here for the Coalition's website with additional supports. 

Mental Health Resources: 

Please see full document from Reading Public Schools, attached below, for the entire list of resources. 

Find Mental Health Services:

  • Interface Referral Service: INTERFACE is a mental health resource and referral Helpline that subscribing communities have contracted with to help children, adults and families become connected to mental health and wellness resources. Below, please find some information about what you can expect when you call the INTERFACE referral Helpline and are working through the referral process. HELPLINE 888-244-6843 (toll free) Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
  • Eliot Community Services: Eliot provides an integrated and comprehensive network of community-based services to more than 50,000 individuals and families throughout Massachusetts. Provides mobile psychiatric evaluation, crisis intervention, stabilization, and follow up for those in acute psychiatric distress. Psychiatric Emergency Services: 24hrs/7 days a week. Phone: (800) 988-1111
  • Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access (MABHA) A website helps both providers and members locate openings in mental health and substance use disorder services. We welcome everyone to search for services that they can access directly from their community. Administered by the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) Phone: (800) 495-0086 | Boston Office: (617) 790-4000

Available Counseling Services:

  • Child and Family Services: Multiple locations offering Outreach Services Including: Empowering Families for Success (EFS), In-Home Therapy (IHT), Therapeutic Mentoring (TM) & Parents as Teachers (PAT) Phone: 508-742-1040
  • Counseling Services of Greater Boston 77 Lincoln St, Wakefield, MA 01880 Phone: 781-328-1904
  • General Psychological Associates 3 Dundee Park, Ste 203 Andover, MA 01810 Phone: 978-475-3590
  • Psychotherapy Associates 58 Concord Street, North Reading, MA 01864 Phone: 978-664-2566 ***Adult referrals only, can support with parenting needs. **

Mental Health Support Hotlines:

  • Samaritans Hotline: 1-800-252-8336 “Preventing suicide, providing hope” Hours of operation: 24/7, available by phone or text message
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 Serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text. Hours of operation: 24/7
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals Hours of operation: 24/7

Talking to Children about COVID-19

  • National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about COVID-19 (A parent resource)
  • PBS: How to talk to your children about COVID-19
  • Child Mind Institute:  “We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.”
  • Parents helping Parents of Massachusetts: Parents or guardians with problems relating to their children do not hesitate to call us. Trained volunteer counselors offer a way to relieve stress in an environment which is non-judgmental along with being sympathetic. We offer support to anyone seeking it no matter how big or small.  Hours of operation: 24/7, support available in all languages. Parental Stress Line: 800-632-8188
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease  Provides information for parents and caregivers about infectious disease outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.
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