How do we help young people learn to make healthy decisions? Our Multi-Service Center in Watertown promotes mental and emotional health by providing opportunities for youth to develop strong, positive relationships with caring adults. Youth who have support are less likely to smoke, vape, use alcohol and other drugs or have unsafe sex.
The Multi-Service Center offers community-wide initiatives that reflect our core values:
- To advocate for and promote inclusivity, racial and gender equity and social justice
- To support a vibrant culture of mental health and wellness, free from substance use
Counseling, Resource Support, and Outreach
Social Service Resource Specialist (SSRS)
The SSRS provides Watertown residents, ages 18-59, and their families a central access point
to connect to social service resources for their identified needs including fuel, food, housing assistance, counseling information, and referrals. For appointment call 617-744-9585.
Navigating to Emotional Wellness (NEW)
Watertown and Waltham residents, ages 6-22 and their families, who have experienced a traumatic event, are connected to counseling and support services. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages as needed.
An early intervention program that partners with Watertown Schools, Watertown Housing Authority and others to identify 6th-12th grade youth most susceptible to substance misuse. Participants are connected to age-appropriate groups that help youth equip themselves with positive coping strategies for life.
Wayside Clinicians provide outpatient services for young people and their families who need support dealing with a variety of mental health needs. For appointment call 781-966-5665.
Prevention and Health Promotion Programs
Watertown Youth Coalition & Belmont Wellness Coalition
Community coalitions dedicated to empowering youth and families by supporting the overall wellness of young people, while fostering a safe and equitable environment. watertownyouthcoalition.org, belmontwellness.org
Watertown Peer Leadership & Belmont Student Ambassadors Programs
As part of the local Coalitions, youth participate in school and city-wide projects that emphasize physical and mental wellness to reduce substance misuse and teach positive coping strategies.
Youth, Adult and Teen Mental Health First Aid Trainings
Workshop participants learn how to assist youth and adults experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. Trainings reach school personnel, higher education faculty and students, veterans, parents, first responders and others.
Youth Development Outreach
Children and teens, age 6-16, who live in Watertown’s public housing developments, participate in weekly after-school enrichment activities including creative arts, cooking and community service projects.