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