July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

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Formally recognized in June 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – also known as BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month – has been observed each July and was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States. “BIPOC mental health awareness has been particularly important this year. Provident … Read More

YP Yoga Event Raises Awareness, Funds

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Provident’s YP Board recently held their Mind, Body and Spirits yoga event to promote positive messages about caring for yourself physically as well as mentally. Forty five people participated in the class led by certified instructor Oanh Wieland. Together, they raised $1,100. Said Provident Development Manager Maggie Bauer: “Our YP board is extremely passionate about our mission and has been creative … Read More

PCS Team Answers the Call in Q1

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Provident’s Crisis Services Team answered 15,850 calls between January and April 2020, with an average wait time of 29 seconds. Of total callers, 89% reported feeling better after the call and 88% of those deemed high risk scheduled life-saving follow up services. “We became a backup call center for the National Lifeline earlier this year. Those callers combined with the … Read More

Board Profile: Tom Ackerman


Tom Ackerman is a member of Provident’s Board of Directors. He is the sports director for KMOX radio. 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 … Read More

Provident Receives FOCUS Award

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Provident Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that we were selected as one of 20 honorees for the coveted FOCUS St. Louis What’s Right with the Region Award for our work to promote stronger communities. Honorees are nominated by the public and selected by a panel of community judges for their impact and service to the community. Click here to read more. … Read More

Zack Brandmeyer Tapped to Lead MRH Team

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Provident is pleased to announce that Zack Brandmeyer has been named the Administrator of the Mary Ryder Home. Brandmeyer’s responsibilities will include the administration and regulatory oversight of the facility, which became part of Provident in October of 2019. He will lead a staff of 35, which includes skilled nurses, care staff, and administrative team. Brandmeyer’s enthusiasm for the role was apparent … Read More

Supporting Black Mental Health

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Provident therapist LaTanya Mackey was recently interviewed on Fox 2 and KMOV about the unique challenges faced by Black people during this period of social change. When talking about COVID-19, job loss, and videos of police violence, LaTanya had this to say: “It’s impacting people at a greater rate than the toxic stress we’re already experiencing, day-to-day, being Black in America.” Intake … Read More

PRIDE in Serving LGBTQIA+ Clients

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Provident’s therapists are proud to serve the LGBTQIA+ population with individual therapy, couples counseling, and crisis services. Kathy Gouwens , LPC, recently posted a video on social media about her work with this client base: “Transgender clients have a difficult time finding people in the community to provide them with services and to feel included. It’s so important to me … Read More

Provident Behavioral Health helps African-Americans with mental health through pandemic and unrest

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There are so many traumatic events we’re all dealing with right now, it’s hard to keep track. LaTaya Mackey, clinical site supervisor with Provident Behavioral Health, recently spoke with Fox 2’s Kim Hudson to share information that can help anyone struggling – but particularly Black people, who have been hit especially hard by COVID-19 and social unrest. Click here to view the full … Read More

Provident’s LCS Team Shares Life-Saving Information on Fox 2


Some people fear depression could be more life-threatening than any virus. People like Tyler Kasch are speaking out about it, talking online about the things most people hide.   Kasch is documenting his depression on a Youtube series called ‘Moving Forward, Not Moving On.’ Provident Therapists Lauren Ochs and Daniel Dwyer were both part of a Fox 2 segment about … Read More