“Celebrate You” Accepting Clients

LGBTQ+ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime. They are also 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse compared with heterosexual individuals, according to the American Psychiatric Association. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this situation, as many members of LGBTQ+ community, especially LGBTQ youth, have experienced increased poor mental health outcomes due the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest.

Syntero is pleased to announce that the Celebrate You support group, which provides support for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18, is accepting new clients. The free group explores and celebrates LGBTQ+ identity in its entirety, builds self-esteem, emotional knowledge and recognizes personal strengths while building solid connections with peers. This is a pro-social inclusive space for ALL and everyone is welcome! The group is currently meeting virtually and accepting new clients. For more information, please contact Jordan Allen, MSW, LSW, at 614.706.1546.

The group meets every first and third Monday from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

CollegeCountdown Workshops Equip Students with Soft Skills for Long-term Success

College presents challenges that many academically strong students are not equipped to handle, such as disputes with roommates, seemingly insurmountable schedules and just adapting to a new environment. Additionally, the recent global pandemic has added a level of uncertainty for both parents and students. In July, Syntero offered a condensed version of the new CollegeCountdown program for college-bound high school graduates. Through the eight-week CollegeCountdown course, Syntero clinicians assist students in developing the soft skills needed to excel in the next phase of life.

CollegeCountdown helps students learn about soft skills and why they are important, while helping them to increase their flexibility, communication and problem-solving skills. The course also includes

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.

Syntero’s newest group, Bright Futures for Families (BFF), provides support to youth ages of 12-18 who have been impacted by someone else’s substance use—a parent, sibling, or other significant person. BFF is a safe space for youth to share their emotions, gain understanding of what a substance use disorder is, and learn skills to express themselves and cope with the stressor in a healthy way. Syntero is able to provide this group through funding from ADAMH of Franklin County. For more information or to make a referral, please contact Syntero Substance Use Prevention Specialist Amanda Niedermeyer.

Four Part Parenting Podcast

Starting Friday, June 12, Syntero’s Parenting Podcast Miniseries will provide parents with tips they can use to reconnect with their children and help them make healthy choices as they navigate through life.

  • June 12How to Identify Mental Health Concerns in Your Child featuring School-Based Clinician Kelly Dainton
  • June 26How to Much Is Too Much? Excessive Screen Time and Gaming featuring School-Based Clinician Mel Marrah
  • July 10Discussing Healthy Choices, Consent and Other Important Topics with Your Child featuring Healthy Bodies Healthy Futures Prevention Educators Ashley Miller and Julie Doucet
  • July 24How to Creatively Engage Your Kids/Teens featuring School Prevention Coordinator Sarah Perry

Segments will be published on Syntero Speaks, and will also be shared on Syntero’s Facebook page.

Syntero’s School-Based Program Meets Youth at Point of Need

Twenty percent of 13-18-year-olds live with a mental health condition and 17 percent of youth report that they have seriously considered taking their own life in the past year. These startling statistics are just some of the reasons why Syntero’s therapeutic interventions and prevention services for adolescents and teens are critical. A recent video; produced by Erica Wood, MA, LPCC-S, director of Youth and Prevention Services, Delaware/Morrow Counties; shares how Syntero’s school-based program is meeting youth at the point of need to help them process very complicated issues.