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By BlogTeam on 3/25/2014 2:15 PM
Life is fast-paced and many of us get caught up in the frenzy of everyday activities, thinking about how we're going to complete our list of tasks in the future and beyond.  Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and the Power of Now, offers two simple techniques for grounding yourself in the present ... recognizing your breathing and using all your senses for simple activities like washing your hands.

The Huffington Post walks you through Tolle's approach during his guest appearance with Oprah Winfrey on March 25, 2014.  Living in the present will offer a peace and connection to the meaning of your life ... a much-needed priority for all of us.
By BlogTeam on 2/26/2014 12:34 PM
On February 19th,  six of us from Provident - Barbara Abbett, Heather Rich, Heather Barnett, Julie McDowell, Justin Hughes, and Janet Frain, along with a potential new LCS volunteer, Kevin Broz, travelled to Jeff City to support Mental Health Day. We listened to Senatorial debate, met with a couple legislators and attended the Rally along with several other mental health agencies such as NAMI, MHA and Independence Center. 

We look forward to a much bigger advocacy role and an increased awareness of who we are and what we do.
By BlogTeam on 1/29/2014 2:28 PM
Kids are like human sponges.  They soak up information, both good and bad, with amazing velocity. So it makes total cents (pun intended) to teach them financial literacy at a young age so they understand the value of a dollar.  Our after school staff at Lexington Elementary are doing just that.
By BlogTeam on 1/3/2014 11:01 AM

“I held everything in and had no sense of self-worth.”

“I was depressed and hated myself and my family.  I cut every day and had multiple scars all over my stomach and thighs.”

“I was extremely depressed, had terrible anger management and hated everything.”

The above are a sampling of comments made by our self-injury support group members about how they felt before they began our 8-week program.  (Group hand shot depicting sun.)
By BlogTeam on 11/25/2013 1:03 PM
As the holiday season quickly approaches, for some it's a joyful blend of hustle and bustle.  But for others, it's a source of dread and depression.  Provident offers some options for those who are struggling to get through the season ... our 24/7 crisis hotline gives anyone who calls, the opportunity to talk with someone who cares. Just call 314.647.HELP (4357) or 1.800. 273.TALK (8255). A second option is our social media website for young adults, Feeling Kinda Blue, a safe place to connect with others who are also feeling the blues. Chat, post, blog, or join a group. A third option is to schedule an appointment with one of our therapist.  Call 314.533.8200. If you're not in the St. Louis area, find a therapist in your community. It can help greatly to discuss your concerns with a professional who listens and can offer guidance and solutions. For additional options for dealing with depression, read this recent article...
By BlogTeam on 10/22/2013 8:57 AM

It’s quite interesting that there are simultaneous debates going on over gun control versus mental health and whether to proceed with the Affordable Care Act. Over the course of decades, funding that supports mental health services, including in-patient beds for the mentally ill, have steadily declined. Right now, money is being drawn from the state coffer that provides indigent care to the poor. The mentally ill often fall in that category due to the inability to hold a job that might provide healthcare benefits.  Without access to services, they lose the ability to support themselves and spiral farther down the socioeconomic ladder, often becoming homeless.

By BlogTeam on 9/5/2013 2:21 PM
I just got off the phone with a middle school counselor who was inquiring about resources for parents and counselors dealing with youth that self-injures. The counselor stated that when she calls parents to inform them that their youth are self-injuring she gets mixed responses. At times the parents express anger. And, often times,  they minimize the behavior.

I suggested to the counselor that the anger the parent is feeling may actually be fear.
By BlogTeam on 7/31/2013 2:29 PM
The roles that we find ourselves embracing with our significant other are often not a part of our conscious awareness. We did not inherit these roles genetically but we might say that roles in intimate relationships are generationally inherent. We tend to learn these roles very early in life from our primary caretakers who may have more or less than a vague awareness that surrounds the complexities of their role as relationship teachers.

The following is a summary of each Archetype:



By BlogTeam on 7/9/2013 12:37 PM
Believe it or not, Kelsey and Joe, along with their bridal party, will be starting off their special day at our first ever 5K Rooster Run on July 20th at Forest Park. The bride and groom met at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla and began dating their sophomore year. Both graduated with engineering degrees and now reside in Houston, TX with their two dogs.

Wedding days are probably one of the busiest, most stressful and emotional days of people's lives.   So, the fact that this soon-to-be husband and wife are squeezing a Race into their already crazy schedule is certainly a testament to the importance of exercise in their lives.
By BlogTeam on 6/27/2013 12:36 PM
It’s 2013 and mental health still has a stigma.  But with simple conversation, alliances and out-of-the box thinking we can make some headway.  Just this past week, Vetta Sanders Thompson, Associate Professor at Brown School of Social Work, and Board Member for Mental Health America, Andrea Purnell, Artistic and Communication Director, Missouri Institute for Mental Health, and Heather Rich, Vice President,  Development at Provident, Inc. met for a discussion with Shirley Washington, host of The Pulse of St. Louis at KPLR TV.  They talked about mental health trends in Missouri, most notably depression, anxiety and suicide, with suicide being the third leading cause of death among adolescents.  Discussion also highlighted mental health among minorities. And, timely so, as July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.   The conversation needs to be ignited so that all areas of the community are addressing the need.   
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