Syntero Partners to Promote Firearm Safety and Prevent Suicide

Susan Ortega, MSW, LISW-S, Syntero’s director of strategic partnerships and initiatives for Franklin County, poses with Dublin Police Chief Justin Paez (left) and Deputy Chief Greg Lattanzi at the recent Life Side Ohio campaign launch from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. The purpose of the campaign is to prevent suicide through the safe storage of firearms and education. Ortega is a member of the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition and a long-time champion of suicide prevention. Click here to read more about the campaign and watch the press conference.

Syntero also has a limited number of lock boxes available at all four locations. Lock boxes can be used to safely store firearms and medication. Syntero partners with Columbus Public Health to provide lock boxes for Franklin County residents age 24 or younger with history of or current safety risks. There are no age restrictions for Delaware or Morrow County residents. Click here to learn more about safe-proofing your home.

Photo Source: City of Dublin

Syntero Provides Suicide Prevention Education

In September, during National Suicide Prevention Month, the City of Dublin and the Dublin Police hosted the Dublin Suicide Prevention Town Hall, a safe space for community members to discuss suicide prevention. Syntero clinicians led breakout sessions at the Dublin Suicide Prevention Town Hall in an effort to increase conversation and education for community members surrounding this epidemic that affects people from all walks of life and of all ages. Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi also shared her personal survivor story with attendees. Thank you to the City of Dublin for including Syntero in this critical community conversation. Syntero is a leading provider of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services and partners with schools, municipalities and service organizations increase awareness about suicide prevention.

Grandparents Resource Guide

Syntero Grandparent Guide graphic

Syntero’s Older Adults program has developed the Grandparents Resource Guide to help grandparents who have taken on caregiver or guardian roles for their grandchildren.

Topics include tech, nutrition, clothing, shelter, education and overall wellness. Local resources primarily focus on Dublin and Franklin County; however, many resources are beneficial for all grandparent guardians.

View and download the guide here.

Syntero Provides Education and Engagement for Older Adults Through Forever Dublin Virtual Workshops

In an effort to reduce isolation and increase support for older adults, Syntero adjusted the structure of the workshops provided for older adults through the Forever Dublin program to a virtual platform.

Workshops focus on information and resources to help adults 55+ age in place and make Dublin their forever home. Workshops have been scheduled through the end of 2021.

Cyber Savvy Workshops

Free Virtual Workshops for Adults & Adolescents

Our world is rapidly changing and technology is changing even faster! While many middle school and high school-aged youth are tech-savvy, they still need help navigating the cyber world and making responsible choices to keep themselves and their information safe. Promoting children’s safety and encouraging healthy boundaries in the cyber world can also be overwhelming for parents, guardians and grandparents. Join Syntero’s virtual Cyber Savvy Workshop to gain practical tips for the whole family:

  • Benefits and risks of youth engaging with technology
  • Developmental considerations and impact of excessive technology use
  • Enjoying technology through responsible digital citizenship
  • Communication around boundaries and expectations for safe technology use

Parent/Guardian*

Supporting Cyber Savvy & Cyber Safe Youth

June 24th, 10am & 7pm

July 8th, 10am & 7pm

Youth*

Becoming Cyber Savvy

June 25th, 10am & 3pm

July 9th, 10am & 3pm

Registration Is Required. Register Here!

*The same content will be presented during each parent and youth workshop, respectively.