Giving middle-schoolers the tools they need for high school

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Back to school time is often a source of great stress, especially for middle school-aged students. Therapist La Tanya Mackey with Provident Behavioral Health says that working with a family when the child is 12 or 13 can often give them tools that will make a difference when they are in high school. Click here to view the segment from … Read More

Ways to lower the rising youth suicide rate

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The youngest person to call Provident’s Life Crisis Lifeline was seven years old. Sharing that information with reporter Aisha Sultan from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is what sparked her interested in doing an article about youth and suicide. Click here to view the full article, including insights from Provident staff member Jessie Vance, on how to identify adolescents that may … Read More

Provident weighs in on gun violence

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Provident released a statement following the recent gun violence in Texas and Ohio. Our primary point: Mental health care is a vital part of solving our nation’s gun violence problem, but mental illness is not the leading cause. Click here to read our full statement. Provident’s Director of Clinical Services Lindsay Jeffries was invited to speak on the topic with KTRS’s Jennifer … Read More

Social Media Contract for Parents and Kids

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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

Kevin Drollinger and Jane Smith Testify for SB 846

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Provident CEO Kevin Drollinger and Director of Life Crisis Services Jane Smith testified before the Missouri Senate on February 14 to help promote the passage of SB 846. The bill would require suicide prevention training for all mental health professionals in Missouri. Provident currently receives many calls each year from people within the industry seeking advice on how to deal … Read More