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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.

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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.

Addressing The Growing Mental Health Needs

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.

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