COVID-19 & Mental Health

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.

“Not everybody has multiple bedrooms to escape to or a yard to escape to, so we’re just trying to look at what resources do you have and how can we put a positive package together where you can feel like you’re able to get away or able to build some skills and get some relief during this time.” Rinaldi also discussed the importance of reaching out to people who were isolated prior to the pandemic and ways to help parents identify mental health concerns in their children.