How to mentally deal with ‘dark winter’ months during a pandemic

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  From anxiety around new Covid shutdowns to the grief we feel from needing to reimagine holiday plans, everyone is struggling right now. Fox 2 recently interviewed Provident therapist and crisis line manager Jessica Vance about how to manage emotions as we head into what experts are calling Dark Winter. Here are some tips she shared: Plan Ahead Holiday traditions – … Read More

Access Center Reopens, Forms New Partnership

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Provident’s Access Center has once again started serving clients at the downtown office through same-day appointments on a sliding scale fee. They’ve also created a new partnership with SSM DePaul’s Urgent Care that connects with people who need behavioral health services. “We are doing all appointments virtually, but clients can also come to our office and use wifi-enabled equipment to … Read More

Trivia Night A Success

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Provident’s Feature Films Trivia Night brought double the revenue from last year! Twenty two teams from at least 11 different states joined in remotely, with Animal House taking first place and Socially Distant Relatives taking second. “We raised over $15,000 this year, all of which will go toward serving clients through Provident’s counseling, crisis services, psychiatric, and Afterschool programming as … Read More

Unexpected Benefits of Telehealth

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Retaining excellent employees is something Provident works hard to achieve. When Marge Schicker, who’s been on our clinical staff for 18 years, said she was moving to Indiana, the team got creative. “Offering telehealth services became a necessity this year in response to COVID. It’s also allowed us to keep excellent clinicians who’s life circumstances have shifted,” said Director of … Read More

Staff Profile: Matthew Maniaci

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Matthew Maniaci is Provident’s Senior Grants Manager. He lives with his wife, Emily, and their cats, Jello, Bilbo, Katsu, and Toner. What is your favorite thing about your job? I’m responsible for writing and submitting grant applications to a variety of funders. Those grants can be anything from a few thousand dollars to multiple millions over several years, and they help … Read More

Provident Goes Viral with Video

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Need a pick-me-up? Provident recently produced this feel-good video for social media that has brought a smile to thousands of faces since it went live. “This video is intended to remind our friends that no matter what’s happening in the world, there are still so many things to be thankful for,” said Director of Advancement Julie McDowell. Special thanks to … Read More

If you’re lucky, you’ll get old.

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You’ll hopefully reach ages when you have a clear perspective on your self-worth, you’ll learn not to sweat the small stuff, you’ll have time to appreciate how life has unfolded.   Yes, age can be a blessing. But new phases of life always take some time to settle into. They raise big questions. And, if you’ve had behavioral health challenges … Read More

FCC Designates National Crisis Number

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Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on the final rules to designate 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. These rules will require that all telephone providers enable the FCC to designate 988 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline, effective by July 16, 2022. Provident was part of the … Read More

YP Board Hosts Fundraising Concert

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Drumroll please… We are excited to announce the inaugural InstruMENTAL Health concert, hosted by Provident Young Professionals. “This is a virtual event that will feature a lineup of bands performing in support of Provident’s programs,” said Provident Development Manager Maggie Bauer. The event will be on Thursday, August 13 and will run from 5:30-7 pm. Registration is free with recommended … Read More

Board Profile: Tom Ackerman

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Which talent would you most like to have? I’m relearning how to play the piano. I played it when I was a kid. Guitar would be great, as well. I love music and having the talent to perform on stage would be fun. Might get there! What is the last book you read? Interestingly, it’s “The Talent Code.” It’s about … Read More