Lights On After School

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On October 24, Provident’s Afterschool Program participated in the national Lights On After School event. This nationwide party recognizes and celebrates the important role of afterschool programs for children, families, and communities. Provident currently provides programming in 10 elementary schools, helping to keep kids safe, boost student success, and support working parents. Even Missouri State Representative Steven Roberts (pictured) got … Read More

New Behavioral Health Access Center Exceeds Expectations

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The Provident team has a new way to define success now that the Access Center is open helping clients. Here’s an example: The PCS team received a call on the lifeline from a client who was in crisis. Staff knew this person could benefit from an in-person meeting and were able to keep the client talking as they were driven … Read More

Tips from a Therapist

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Spotted in our Northwest County location: “This glitter bottle on my office windowsill never fails – everyone picks it up and plays with it! There’s just something very soothing about watching that organic magic happen,” says therapist Alexandra Gould. Alexandra specializes in helping children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Glitter jars are easy, fun, and can help create calm. You … Read More

Staff Profile: Stefanie Osiek

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Which talent would you most like to have? I am in awe of those who have a beautiful voice.   The ability to give someone goosebumps through song would be amazing! What is your favorite quote or proverb? “Be the reason someone smiles today.” What do you like about being a part of Provident leadership?  I appreciate being a part of a dedicated, mission-driven team … Read More

Giving Middle-Schoolers the Mental Health 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