The Knowledge to Save Lives Through Behavioral Health

Sharing expert skills that expand the network of helpers

Provident Behavioral Health's team of skilled therapists is dedicated to sharing their knowledge with others. Participants gain the experience they need to help support people in crisis and often become volunteers in our programs.


Suicide Prevention Training Course

Missouri is experiencing a suicide epidemic. Our ranking is 16th in the nation for deaths, with one life lost every eight hours.

Provident’s Suicide Prevention Training Course is intended to educate those in the medical and mental health fields about best practices for helping those at risk. The course is broken into four segments: Defining the problem, suicide risk assessment, emergency services and safety planning, and suicide prevention for special populations and treatment options. When completed, this course will satisfy one hour of the required two-hour suicide prevention training.

Click here to access the course.


Provident Crisis Services Hotline Training (includes ASIST)

Provident's Crisis Services Hotline Training sessions are perfect for those who are interested in volunteering to help others or students looking for internships or practicum opportunities. The training is comprehensive and will be an exceptional foundation for any position in the mental health field; it is required for anyone who wants to become a crisis counselor.

Provident Crisis Services Hotline training sessions are typically held Friday-Sunday on two consecutive weeks for a total of six days of learning.  The sessions are from 9am-5pm at our Yalem office 2650 Olive in downtown St. Louis.  

The ASIST program (see below) is embedded in each session. Please visit our events page to find upcoming session dates.

If you want to help those in need by becoming a Provident Crisis volunteer, please download and fill out this PCS Training Application and email it back to recruitment@providentstl.org,  along with a cover letter and a resume.  For more information, contact us at 314.446.2867 or email recruitment@providentstl.org


ASIST Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day workshop in suicide first aid. You’ll learn to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and gain life-saving knowledge that can lead them to the help they need.

Anyone age 16 or older is eligible to participate in the program. Provident coordinates this learning as a way of strengthening our regional safety net of caregivers who can support others and work toward addressing life crisis situations.

ASIST training sessions are typically held from 9am-5pm over one weekend at our Yalem office 2650 Olive in downtown St. Louis.  Visit our events page to find upcoming dates and register.

If you want to help others by learning the ASIST method, please download and fill out this LCS Training Application and email it back to recruitment@providentstl.org or contact us at 314.446.2867. You can also reach us via email at recruitment@providentstl.org


Adult and Youth Mental First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unprecedented rise in mental health and substance use issues, leaving many of us asking how we can better support our friends and loved ones. You don’t have to be an expert to know how to help. Provident Behavioral Health offers Mental Health First Aid in our area to give people the resources they need to answer those questions.  Mental Health First Aid, an international, evidence-based program that teaches people to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. Please contact Elizabeth Reinberg, Clinical Site Supervisor at ereinberg@providentstl.org  if you are interested in attending a class.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Mental Health First Aid® is a skills-based training that teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of a mental health or substance use challenge in adults ages 18 and over. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental health or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid is sometimes called Adult Mental Health First Aid.