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Keeping Kids Healthy & Drug-Free

Preparing your child/teen for a healthy, drug-free future

The mission of the Medford Public Schools is to encourage and assist all students to reach their potential. The schools create a climate that sets high expectations and also offers motivation and support. Included here are informational resources for parents to prepare your child for a healthy, drug-free future. If you, as a parent, are concerned about possible drug and alcohol use by your child, a list of community support programs is posted.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programs

MHS does not recommend or endorse any specific program; this list provides general resources, treatment centers, and providers in the area. Contact your insurance company to find a list of substance abuse providers that accept your insurance and are accepting new patients.

Team Medford Image with phone numbers and addresses

For teens and friends dealing with mental health or substance use and abuse issues

Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction

If your daily life is being affected your first point of contact is to call a treatment center provided below


Massachusetts Substance Abuse
Information and Education

Institute for Health and Recovery
349 Broadway Cambridge, MA
Youth Central Intake ext. 116

Self Help Apps (for iPhone and Android)

Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool
which provides information on the effects of stress on
the body and instructions and exercises to help you
learn stress management skills

Mood 24/7
Mood 24/7 provides an easy way to record how you’re
feeling. After registering, Mood 24/7 will ask you how
you feel each day via text message and you can track
your results online.

MindShift will help you learn how to relax, develop more
helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that
will help you take charge of your anxiety.


BAGLY: Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual & Transgender Youth

Gay Straight Alliance
@ Medford High School

Fenway LGBT Peer Listening Line:
800-399- PEER (7337)
Monday – Saturday, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Samaritans–Suicide Prevention
24hr helpline-617-247-0220

National Runaway Switchboard
Homeless Shelter

Rape Hotline

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault


Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Gays)
Support groups for parents, families, and friends.

Helpline: 866-427-3524


Families Anonymous

Learn to Cope Parents

Mental Health

Somerville Mental Health Association
Somerville, MA

North Suffolk Mental Health Association
Revere Counseling Center, MA
Chelsea Counseling Center, MA

Eliot Community Human Services
Lexington, MA
Adult Mental Health 781-861-0890
Emergency Services 800-988-1111

Mclean Hospital
Belmont, MA
Adult Outpatient 617-855-2300
Emergency Services 800-333-0338

Helpline and Hotline Information

Report a Crime/Save a Life 911
Medford Police or Fire Non-emergency
Police 781-395-1212
Fire 781-9400

Tip 411
Text ‘Medford’ to 847-411
Alert MPD of crimes such as:
Safety concerns, illegal drug activity, underage drinking,
bullying, violence, and theft.
Provide details (ex. What, where, sex, age, time)
In case of emergency call 911