Adolescent Survivors of Suicide Meetings

Adolescent Survivors of Suicide (SOS)                

2019 Jefferson County Meetings

When:  2nd and 4th Thursday of each month @ 6:30-8:00pm

Where: St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

               1004 Rock Road

               Desoto, MO 63020


Finding hope and strength... together

Specialized services for adolescents who have attempted or lost a loved one to suicide

Provident recognizes the unique emotional needs of those who have experience with suicide. We offer professionally-staffed services that provide caring support that encourages sharing, learning, growing, and healing.

The loss of a loved one to suicide is an experience unlike any other, leaving survivors with grief that is complex, intense, and difficult for others to understand. Provident has been offering SOS groups for over 20 years to connect people who can help one another and provide access the knowledge of our professional staff.

•       SOS is free for all attendees.

•       Members must be 14-18 years of age and must have safe and reliable transportation. Provident is not responsible for the transport of members.

•       Participants are not required to speak during meetings.

•       Participants are not required to attend a certain number of meetings. No formal “commitment” is necessary.

•       We encourage members to try attending 3 meetings before deciding if it is a good fit for them.

•       We advise arriving at least 5 minutes before the start time of the meeting.

•       New participants should arrive 15 minutes early with an adult to complete parent/guardian consent documents and to receive a basic screening.

•       Although anyone is welcome at any time, we strongly encourage individuals interested in attending be at least 2-3 months out from their loss before attending a meeting. Everyone is different, but the grief is often too fresh to process in a group setting prior to this amount of time.

•       SOS is a peer-led support group. It does not involve formal therapy and does not follow a model such as a 12-Step program.

•       Parents/guardians do not attend these groups, but will need to complete consent documents.  There will be an adjacent room for parents/guardians to wait if needed.

There is no charge to attend these meetings and walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Lisa Krystosek:  314-657-7224 or for more information.

Health Department Following First Reported Measles Case in County

Health Department Following First Reported Measles Case in County

HILLSBORO – March 8, 2019, 17:40 hours

Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD) is currently managing a single case of Measles and its associated potential contacts.  JCHD Communicable Disease staff are working directly with the case to identify potential contacts and make arrangements for follow up immunizations and care if necessary.  This case is associated with a previously identified out of state confirmed case of Measles acquired while traveling. Potential contacts of the case are currently being contacted by health department staff for follow up.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, Measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected.

More information on the Measles virus, signs and symptoms and vaccination recommendations can be found online at the Centers for Disease Control:

Health Department Finds NO Evidence of New Legionella Case 

January 18, 2019, 1:20 PM: Hillsboro, MO:  The Missouri State Department of Health and Senior Services and the Jefferson County Health Department recently investigated a single case of legionella with reported exposure to the pool at the Arnold Recreation Center.  No additional cases of legionella have been confirmed by Jefferson County Health Department.  Based on these findings, no further investigation is warranted per current protocol.