Gail Sharpe Steps Into Afterschool Leadership


Provident is pleased to announce that Gail Sharpe has been promoted to Program Director for Afterschool. Gail has been a leader in the department for two years and will now oversee all day-to-day operations as well as create the vision for how the program will evolve to meet the children’s needs. “I love that I get to work with all … Read More

2019 Gala… Oh What a Night!


Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Spirit of Provident Gala. We exceeded both our attendance and fundraising goals while celebrating all the extraordinary work our Provident team does. View our gala video below.

Provident Launches Online Training Course


Provident recently launched a suicide prevention training course that will help mental health and medical professionals assess and address the needs of people in crisis. The free, online course includes four video segments, quizzes, and a certificate of completion. The course helps these professionals meet new state requirements passed in 2018 that are aimed at lowering Missouri’s suicide rate. Provident … Read More

Provident Named National Disaster Distress Helpline Call Center


Provident was recently awarded a contract to provide counseling services as a national Disaster Distress Helpline call center. The Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. “The Disaster Distress Helpline is there for people following events like tornadoes, wildfires, or incidents … Read More

St. Charles Tattoo Hosts Semicolon Event, Proceeds to Benefit Provident


Thank you to our friends at St. Charles Tattoo, who will host their 3rd annual Semicolon Tattoo Event on Friday, December 14, from 10 am to 9 pm. The semicolon is a powerful mark for those who have faced suicidal thoughts and symbolizes the moment they could have chosen to end their sentence but instead kept going. Provident will be on-hand … Read More

Provident Offers Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Support Groups in Jefferson County


Provident is partnering with the Jefferson County Health Department to offer a Survivors of Suicide (SOS) support group in Jefferson County.   Provident currently hosts 6 SOS meetings per month in St. Louis and St. Charles, and has facilitated SOS meetings for over 30 years. “The loss of a loved one to suicide is a completely unique experience, leaving survivors with grief … Read More

Provident Re-Launches Feeling Kinda Blue website


Be sure to check out the newly-redesigned Feeling Kinda Blue website (, which provides a safe space for people who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, emotional pain, and other mental illnesses to connect with others. The site has approximately 7,000 members nation-wide and is monitored by Provident’s team of professionals 24/7. Thank you to founder and funder of the site … Read More

Social Media Contract for Parents and Kids

News, Views

A recent study published by Common Sense Media, a CA-based nonprofit that helps kids and families make smart media and tech choices, showed how much social media use has grown among teenagers over the past 5 years. (Link here) As a mental health provider, Provident is particularly interested in how the increase is impacting young people emotionally. The news is not … Read More

Back to School Mental Health Tips


A nine-year-old Denver boy ended up taking his own life after being bullied for telling his classmates that he was gay. His mother is now trying to spread awareness as she grieves the loss of her son. Alex Gould, a licensed therapist from with Provident, joins Fox 2 news to discuss the mental health of young children as explains why … Read More