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 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’s Nurse Line Helps Streamline Clients’ Needs

The Nurse Line is now accessible for Syntero psychiatry clients. Existing clients can submit refill requests, prior authorization requests and other medication related requests through the line. Messages are sent directly to the Nurse Line email address, along with all other nurse line calls. This option is not intended for crisis calls, emails to providers or to serve as a patient portal.

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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Syntero Helps At-Risk Parents Develop Positive Relationships with Children

Syntero’s Positive Parenting Program, or Triple P, is an evidenced-based program that helps parents at risk of substance abuse learn parenting skills to reduce the risk of child abuse in our community. Syntero developed the program in a collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which was made possible by a grant from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. Syntero offers the following programs for parents through Triple P:

  • One-Time Parent Workshops
    • Dealing with Disobedience
    • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
    • Managing Fighting and Aggression
    • Hassle-free Shopping with Children
  • Small Group Sessions – Available for parents who have moderate to severe difficulties managing their child’s behavior and are designed to help parents gain a more in-depth understanding of positive parenting. The program model consists of five in-person meetings and three phone calls (coaching/check-in).
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Syntero’s School-Based Program Meets Youth at Point of Need

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.

The Syntero Beat Shares the Stories Behind Syntero’s Programs

Syntero has distributed its first e-newsletter, the Syntero Beat! For more than 40 years, Syntero has advocated and supported the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing professional, compassionate behavioral health and social services that adapt to the changing needs of the community. Through the Syntero Beat, Syntero will share client success stories that were made possible by Syntero’s invaluable programs and service offerings, as well as the perspectives of the dedicated staff members who provide services with integrity and innovation to empower our client base. Click here to read the newsletter. To subscribe, please email Mariah Beidleman at