The Knowledge to Save Lives

Sharing expert skills that expand the network of helpers

Provident Behavioral Health'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.


2019 Suicide Prevention Training Course

Missouri is experiencing a suicide epidemic. Our ranking is 19th 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.


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 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


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. This 8-hr training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Our next training will be offered on Friday, July 19 from 8am-5pm at our NW Office, located at 2388 Schuetz Rd., Ste A-10, Maryland Heights, MO 63146.

The cost of the training is $35. Click here to register.

Check-in will open at 7:45am and you will have a 1-hr break for lunch (not provided). Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch or  may leave the building for the lunch hour.

For more information on this training or if you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Reinberg at 314-802-2662 or ereinberg@providentstl.org

Please click here to learn more about Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Please watch these videos for more information: 
Be the One to Make a Difference: MHFA
Branden Marshall Mental Health First Aid PSA
Change the Headlines
The Awkward Conversation


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 jvance@providentstl.org to set up a presentation.