The traditional 2019-2020 school year seemed to end abruptly for students, teachers and school administrators, as learning, socialization and important events moved online. Syntero quickly implemented Telehealth services to continue its School-Based Programs for students in Franklin, Delaware and Morrow Counties, and also provided innovative education and support via a parent-focus podcast miniseries, virtual workshops to help youth and parents become more cybersavvy and easily accessible videos with tips from Syntero clinicians to help students, parents and school administrators cope with our new normal and thrive in the ever-changing environment.
This fall, students, parents and school administrators continue to deal with stress from merely living during the pandemic while adjusting to new learning models, as well as grieving the school year as they once envisioned it. Whether attending virtually, in person or through a hybrid model, the start of the school year looks different for most. What remains the same is the unwavering commitment by school district and Syntero staff alike in striving to meet the needs of students and families in the most effective and safe manner possible.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted frontline workers in unprecedented ways. Research has shown that a considerable portion of frontline workers are experiencing increased symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia and distress. Syntero’s new “Backing Our Frontline” program provides four-six confidential, virtual counseling sessions free of charge for ALL frontline workers working or living in Dublin, Delaware County or Morrow County. Frontline workers include police officers, firefighters, EMS, dispatch personnel, as well as hospital staff and volunteers in Dublin and Delaware-Morrow Counties, and teachers and school support staff in Delaware-Morrow Counties. Thank you to the Dublin Community Foundation and the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board for helping to strengthen our communities. Click here to view program details and learn how to register.
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
Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi, M.Ed., was recently featured on the panel of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ Commissioner Conversations: Coping with the Stress Through COVID-19. Rinaldi and other leading, local experts came together virtually to talk about mental health and substance use during the crisis and to answer questions from community members.
“We’ve been talking a lot about ‘we’re in the same storm, but we’re not in the same boat.’ We recognize not everybody that we’re working with and also our employees and the folks in our community are not having the same experiences,” Rinaldi said.
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
Over the past few months, Syntero has proactively addressed the growing mental health needs of the community through Telehealth video conferencing and phone services—case management, crisis prevention counseling, psychiatry, student support, substance use disorder and Older Adult services. Syntero’s dedicated staff members have risen to the challenge while adapting to a new way of life; in and outside of work. In addition to efforts to increase outreach and education during this time, Syntero has created a COVID-19 Task Force to ensure clients continue to receive the compassionate, high-quality services they need during and after the pandemic and staff members receive ample support.