Be Well Bulletin
Spring 2019
The Be Well Bulletin is intended to share with you, our friends, some of the important things 
Provident is seeing, doing, and learning. We want to have a conversation with you 
about what it means to be better and hopefully inspire positive changes in your life.
A note from Julie McDowell,
Provident Behavioral Health Director of Advancement
There’s been a lot of soul searching in the halls of Provident over the past year. We engaged in a long-range strategic planning process that required us to take a thorough look at who we have been, who we are now, and who we want to be in the future.

We landed on a new mission statement –  Building brighter futures through exceptional behavioral health services, especially for those with the greatest need – and an updated name, Provident Behavioral Health.

For me, as director of advancement, this raised several questions. What does ‘greatest need’ mean? Is it a financial question, and how do we continue to serve if we focus on clients who can’t afford our services?

We ended up seeing that the definition of greatest need is much more broad than simply clients who require financial help. It can also include those who are struggling the most with their mental health challenges and those with the lack of access to resources.

I have been at Provident for nine years and know our team very well. I wouldn’t have taken the responsibility of raising funds to support this work if I didn’t fell absolutely confident that we are passionate about mental health, we excel in our industry, that there is value, and that we’re making a real difference. Our new direction is just our next step forward in a 160 year history of caring for our community.
We Are Now
Provident Behavioral Health
Provident is pleased to announce we will now be known as  Provident Behavioral Health .

The change is part of a strategic planning process that included the adoption of a new mission statement:  Building brighter futures through exceptional behavioral health services, especially for those with the greatest need .

“Becoming Provident Behavioral Health is a revision that captures the full spirit of our mission. It represents our commitment to the behavioral well-being of this community and the broad range of services we provide through our counseling services, afterschool programming, crisis intervention/suicide prevention, and advocacy," said the organization’s president and executive director, Kevin Drollinger.

Provident Behavioral Health Offers 24/7 Support to Students
Provident is pleased to announce that we have formed a new partnership with Washington University in St. Louis. We are teaming up to provide mental health access to students through an after-hours helpline.

Students are currently offered physical and mental health support through the Habif Health and Wellness Center, located on the Danforth Campus. The partnership will ensure students have a continuous source of mental health support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Click here to listen to an  interview on KMOX radio with Lindsay Jeffries, Provident's Director of Clinical Services, about the new partnership.
Online Suicide Prevention Course
Provident Behavioral Health recently launched a suicide prevention training course that will help mental health and medical professionals assess and address the needs of people in crisis.

The free, online course includes four video segments, quizzes, and a certificate of completion.

The course helps these professionals meet new state requirements passed in 2018 that are aimed at lowering Missouri's suicide rate.

Provident thanks  Wells Fargo  for generously helping producing the videos.  Visit our website  to learn more.
Furry Stress Relief for Call Center Workers
Fellow St. Louis nonprofit  Duo  paid a visit to Provident's crisis call center, bringing smiles and stress relief to workers during one of the busiest times of the year.

"Call center staffers are there for people during December and January, helping callers as they navigate the holidays and face a new year. Touch therapy dog Willow was the happy distraction we didn't even know we needed!" said Lifeline manager Jessie Vance.

Click here  to watch a Fox 2 interview about the visit.
Provident Behavioral Health Named Disaster Distress Call Center
Provident was recently one of three call centers awarded a national contract to provide counseling services for the  Disaster Distress Helpline . The Helpline provides crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.

Our team will be there for people following events like tornadoes, wildfires, or incidents of mass violence. They will provide counseling and support as well as referring callers to local disaster-related resources.  Learn more here.
Rung Selects Provident Behavioral Health as Partner for New Campus
Rung , a nonprofit that aims to financially empower women and build a stronger middle class, recently announced their plans to redevelop 3.5 acres of land in the Fox Park neighborhood.

Provident is pleased to be announced as a mental health services provider for the project. We will join domestic violence nonprofit Safe Connections and financial education provider Prosperity Connection in satellite offices along with a Family Care Health Centers clinic.

Click here to read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch coverage of the project announcement.
S.O.S. Groups Expand into Jefferson County
Provident Behavioral Health has partnered with the  Jefferson County Health Department to offer the first Survivors of Suicide (SOS) support group for adults and adolescents in Jefferson County.   

“The loss of a loved one to suicide is a completely unique experience, leaving survivors with grief that is complex, intense, and often isolating. SOS will be facilitated by a licensed clinician who can provide suicide risk assessment plus follow-up care and connections to additional resources,” said Provident therapist Lisa Krystosek. 
Sen. Shupp Pushes for Mental Health Legislation
Provident Behavioral Health hosted a planning session with  Senator Jill Schupp  to develop a list of legislative agenda items aimed at supporting mental health and suicide prevention in Missouri. Fifteen agencies and stakeholders gave input. 

"Engaging the legislature and our colleagues creates opportunities for public change that would be otherwise impossible," said Kevin Drollinger.

Senator Schupp has already filed agenda items based on this meeting for legislative consideration. We look forward to working with her during the upcoming session.
How To Save a Life
MCCA Blog Post
Kevin Drollinger was recently asked to submit a blog post about suicide prevention for the Missouri Coaltion of Children's Agencies website .

"This came at a very fortuitous time, right when we launched our free online training course that teaches professionals how to assess and address the needs of those in crisis," said Drollinger.

The Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies (MCCA) advocates for Missouri’s children, families and communities. MCCA is committed to advancing child and family well-being, child abuse prevention, effective intervention, and high impact education, treatment and care. MCCA also serves those who provide services to children and families, promoting policies and training that support their efforts to provide the highest quality care.

Our Mission
Building brighter futures through exceptional behavioral health services, especially for those with the greatest need.

Our Vision
Mentally healthy communities through
quality behavioral health services accessible to all. ​

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