Our 24/7 Hotline
Life Crisis Services (LCS) provides suicide prevention and intervention assistance 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to help individuals and families to a brighter future.
Please call 314-647-HELP (4357) or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you need to speak to someone right away.
Provident is here to help!
The Warning Signs of Suicide
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) offers an easy-to-remember mnemonic to identify the signs of suicide ...
Warning Signs of Serious Risk include:
- Substance Abuse
- Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself; and/or,
- Looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; and/or,
- Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary.
If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
for a referral.
Feeling Kinda Blue (FKB)
For young adults who are feeling depressed and alone, check out Feeling Kinda Blue, an interactive social media site.
Chat online with others who are also experiencing depression. Post, blog, chat, share, connect, relate, renew ... a chance to escape isolation and find a sense of hope. Our trained clinicians monitor the site on a 24 hour basis. For emergency situations, call Provident's toll-free 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1.866.728.7983.
Hear our Life Crisis clinician, Billie Hartgrove, interviewed about Feeling Kinda Blue on Suicide Prevention Social Media (SPSM) on December 6, 2015.
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has recognized Feelingkindablue.com with the Association’s esteemed Excellence Award for Innovative Programming. “This program was selected due to the creative use of a social media site, effectively reaching out to young adults ages 18-28, providing support to individuals with mental health needs and the work they do in preventing suicide,” explains Pat Morris, LMHC, CDP and Crisis Centers Division Chair on the AAS Board of Directors. “Congratulations to the staff of Feelingkindablue.” Provident received the award at the Association’s annual meeting on April 9, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Hope After is a FREE year-long program that aims to reduce the risk of suicide after a crisis or attempt. We provide follow-up services such as phone calls, automated texts and letters to adults at risk for suicide. Please contact 314.446.2882 for information on enrollment.
Hope After is supported by a grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
ADULT Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Group
For adults who have lost a loved one to suicide, SOS is a FREE Support Group. It is an open and peer-facilitated group.
Even though it may seem difficult, maintaining contact with others is especially important during the stress-filled months
following a loved one’s suicide.Many survivors find it especially comforting to talk to others who have also suffered a loss from suicide.
We offer two SOS groups:
Olivette SOS group meets every Wednesday 7—8:30 pm., 9355 Olive Blvd, Olivette, MO 63132.
St. Charles SOS group meets the first & third Monday of each month, 6:30—8:00 pm, Baue Community Center, 608 Jefferson, St. Charles, MO 63301.
For more information, contact our SOS Coordinator at 314-446-5158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Need Volunteers and Practicum Students!
If you want to help those in need by becoming a Life Crisis volunteer or practicum student, please fill out this application and email it back to Lisa Gunkel, our Practicum and Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com, along with a cover letter and a resume. For more information or clarification, contact Lisa at 314.446.2867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to become a crisis counselor, you must complete our training sessions. This training is comprehensive and will be a exceptional foundation for any position in the mental health field.
- At least 18 years old
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to distinguish one’s own beliefs and values from those of the caller
- Accept supervision and develop appropriate working relationships
- Successfully complete 68-hour agency training program
- The Crisis Worker provides immediate telephonic response to help callers that are in a crisis and refers persons with a need to appropriate community resources.
- LCS crisis workers (as a group) answer over 80 calls a day from people who are struggling with suicide, grief, depression, work, children, parents, alcohol, drugs, sexual issues, gambling, anger, abuse, health, money, other life challenges.
- Minimum of one 3-hour shift per week
- 68-hour commitment
- Certified by the American Association of Suicidology
- Offered a variety of times and dates throughout the year
- Training will prepare you for the most difficult of hotline calls
The staff at LCS wants to ensure you are confident and prepared when working the crisis hotline. Because we value your dedication and success, a qualified Life Crisis staff member will provide support and supervision throughout your work on the hotline.
Provident’s Life Crisis Services
2650 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Thank you so much for your interest! Life Crisis volunteers truly save lives on a daily basis.