A Special Message from Julie Erwin Rinaldi, Syntero CEO

When my husband and I lost my 19 year old stepdaughter to suicide in 2004, we suddenly became survivors of suicide. Sounds like an odd term given that your first response is that you won’t survive such a tragic loss. Losing someone you love to suicide leaves loved ones reeling, wondering what we could have done differently to prevent this awful outcome. all you are left with are questions and no answers to how the person you loved was in enough pain to want to end their life. The amazing fact is that these losses are 100% preventable.

Suicide prevention is the key to addressing this epidemic. Syntero is placing a laser focus on preventing suicide. Please join us in this effort! You could save a life.

—Julie
Julie Erwin Rinaldi, Syntero CEO

Syntero aims to prevent suicide through youth prevention services, as well as increased conversation and education for parents and school administrators. Syntero also provides individual counseling and support groups for adults, youth and older adults, as well as an ongoing support group for parents who have been pre-deceased by a child for any reason, and suicide post-vention services. To learn more or to make an appointment, please contact Syntero’s Welcome Center at 614- 614.889.5722 ext 133.

Syntero is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization that depends on support from community organizations and private donors. Your gift of $20 will help ensure that quality mental health and wellness services, including suicide prevention services, are available to those who need it most. Click here to make a secure donation.

If you or a loved one is in crisis, please contact the Crisis Hotline immediately. In Franklin County, call 614-221-5445. In Delaware and Morrow Counties, text “helpline” to 89821.

Syntero Offers Suicide Prevention & Intervention Services

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, but it is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34; however, it is a preventable public health problem. Ninety percent of people in a suicidal crisis will give some kind of warning to those around them, including the following:

  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Statements revealing or suggesting a desire to die
  • Sudden behavior changes
  • Depression
  • Giving away personal belongings
  • Purchasing a gun or stockpiling pills
  • Previous attempts
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Introducing the “You Matter” Campaign for Young Adults in Emotional Distress or Suicidal Crisis inistrator

SAMHSA is proud to announce a new online campaign to promote the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, You Matter.  The campaign focuses on the positive message that the lives of young adults matter, even as they face trying times or difficult problems.

Through a blog and social media, You Matter aims to build awareness and trust in the Lifeline among young adults by providing a safe, online space where they can connect with the Lifeline. The campaign showcases hopeful peer-to-peer messages and also supports friends of young adults who are in distress or crisis, providing them with resources to help. Ultimately, You Matter’s goal is to persuade young adults in emotional distress or suicidal crisis to contact the Lifeline for help by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chatting online.

You Matter includes a website with important information on Lifeline services, how to get help, and warning signs of emotional distress and suicide. The website includes a blog with posts about specific  issues that many young adults deal with, such as losing a job or moving back home, and advice on how to deal with stress and life changes. The campaign already has an active presence on FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr.

Based on careful evaluation of how young adults respond to communication about suicide and crisis counseling, You Matter was developed to meet an important need among young adults, who are often reluctant to reach out for help when they need it.  While there are other national campaigns that promote suicide prevention, You Matter is the first to promote counseling services to young adults. For many young people, You Matter can be a first step toward getting help for themselves or their friends.

Lifeline has partnered with Active Minds, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, ReachOut, SAVE, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the Jed Foundation to support You Matter. Partners provide support to the campaign in a variety of ways, including posting information about the campaign on their websites and promoting the campaign to their online communities through social media.

Young adults need to hear that suicide is preventable and that the Lifeline is there to help them when they or their friends are in distress or crisis. Please visit the site at www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Written By: Pamela Hyde, SAMHSA Administrator