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By BlogTeam on 11/19/2014 9:50 AM
Come out for a night of burgers and milkshakes at Baileys’ Range on November 24 between 5 & 8pm. 25% of all sales benefit Provident, so bring your friends and bring your family!

Baileys’ Range is located downtown at 920 Olive Street. Please email Kate at klyford@providentstl.org with any questions.

By BlogTeam on 10/23/2014 11:33 AM
On Sunday, October 18th, a compelling story was printed about FeelingKindaBlue, a social media site created by Sally Barker, a St. Louis attorney and mother who lost her son, Alex, to suicide in 2007.  For those who are depressed  or feeling isolated, FeelingKindaBlue offers a way to remove the barriers and the opportunity to connect with others who are feeling the same way. Post, blog, chat and connect with others for support.
By BlogTeam on 9/29/2014 10:41 AM

The tragic violence we see in the media is only the end result of an insidious pattern of manipulation and control.  Generally, men who abuse their significant others do not begin with an overt violent physical attack. It is the culmination of covert tactics to isolate and control their victim through intimidation. There are behaviors to be aware of to determine if you are in a potentially violent relationship.

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By BlogTeam on 8/11/2014 8:46 AM
National Public Radio just broadcast an interview with Adele Diamond, neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia.  Diamond states that imaginative play, where children must create their own props and games, is key to developing the executive function of the brain.  The executive function is the ability to self-regulate, to control emotions and regulate responses.  Diamond, along with psychologist, Deborah Leong, have co-authored a book entitled ...
By BlogTeam on 7/22/2014 10:40 AM
So last night you stayed up late to read that book you absolutely love and can't put down. Today, you're dragging and feel irritable.  Is it the tedious tasks that have put you in this bad mood or the lack of sleep?  Not getting the proper amount of sleep can significantly affect how you feel.  Check out this research study that was highlighted
By BlogTeam on 5/1/2014 12:12 PM
Part of the core of Attachment Parenting is teaching our children about emotions—what they’re feeling and what to do about it, as well as how to empathize with others—a skill referred to as “emotional literacy” by parenting consultants like Ann Corwin, PhD, MEd, of Laguna Niguel, California, USA.
We know more than ever that emotional literacy is critical for healthy human development. Unfortunately it’s a skill that was not regularly nurtured in past generations, and many parents are learning about difficult emotions like jealousy and disappointment alongside their children. It was evident as I talked with Ann, mother to two grown children, that her life’s passion is in empowering parents in strengthening their relationships with their children and that emotional literacy is very much central to her work.
RITA: Thank you, Ann, for your time. Let’s start by learning how you came into your line of work?
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.)
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