The Knowledge to Save Lives

Sharing expert skills that expand the network of helpers

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

Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Training

QPR is an approach to confronting someone about their possible thoughts of suicide. It is not intended to be a form of counseling or treatment, but instead offers hope through positive action. The Provident team trains participants to use three simple steps to help someone in crisis:

Question the person about suicide. Ask if they've had any thoughts about it, feelings, or even plans? Do not be afraid to ask!

Persuade the person to get help. Remember to listen carefully and then say, "Let me help" or "Come with me to find help."

Refer for help. If it is a child or adolescent, contact any adult - parents, minister, teacher, coach, or a counselor - and refer them to the 24/7 hotline number: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)

Trainings can be customized to the needs of a group that wishes to learn more about prevention. Check our calendar for QPR training dates. Contact Jessica at 314-446-2840 or for more information.

Life Crisis Hotline Training (includes ASIST)

Provident's Life Crisis 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.

Life Crisis 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 Life Crisis volunteer, please download and fill out this LCS Training Application and email it back to,  along with a cover letter and a resume.  For more information, contact us at 314.446.2867 or email

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 or contact us at 314.446.2867. You can also reach us via email at

Customized Training for Groups

From workplace teams to church organizations to civic groups, Provident has experts available to share information that can help others to a brighter future.

Our staff members frequently discuss suicide prevention and mental health topics and conferences and meetings, in classrooms and other settings. We present throughout the St. Louis area and customize our information to suit the needs of the group.

Contact Jessica at 314-446-2840 or to set up a presentation.