With support from ReCAST, Places for People and the St. Louis Regional Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health are beginning a conversation about mental health in the Promise Zone.


Places for People Executive Director Joe Yancey introduces the "It's About Hope: Reinforcing Resilience" series

Upcoming Trainings

To empower you to learn more about mental health, we are offering online training opportunities.

Mama said there’d be days like this…” (Parenting in today’s world)
Friday, May 29
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Join Places for People Incredible Years Team Leader Kevin Wells, MSW, from 10-11:30 a.m. on May 29 for this live training to help parents and caregivers develop skills needed to support children during challenging times.


If you have a topic suggestion or would like to offer one of these trainings to your group or organization, please contact Julie Blanco at jblanco@placesforpeople.org.

Past Trainings

Thank you to everyone who attended these previous trainings

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness
Tuesday, May 19
Places for People, ReCAST and the St. Louis Regional Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health offered this live training by Places for People Outpatient Clinic Program Manager Meagan Doty, LCSW, to help people recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness. This training provided an introduction to some of the most identified mental illnesses. The purpose of this training is provide insight into common mental health conditions, and provide insight into the experience of people living with mental illness so that we increase referrals to resources, reduce stigma and prevent traumatic encounters.

Identifying and Managing Stress during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Gary Morse, Vice President of Research and Evaluation, discusses identifying stressors, and also strategies for managing stress in this video series, including a guided meditation in the third video.


With support from ReCAST, Places for People is committed to providing information to individuals and families living in the Promise Zone to help remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and substance use disorders.

Stigma builds shame and fear, and prevents individuals who need treatment from seeking it. Behavioral health disorders are illnesses of the brain, and should be treated no differently than illnesses experienced in other body parts. Recovery is real. Recovery is possible.

Emotional health and emotional well-being are absolutely essential to overall health.Joe Yancey, Places for People Executive Director

About St. Louis ReCAST

All St. Louis ReCAST community projects are decided on and awarded through a participatory budgeting process – meaning that the communities themselves are involved in making the decisions. Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which Promise Zone community members vote on how to spend the ReCAST funds.

St. Louis ReCAST’s goals are to:

  • Build a foundation to promote well-being, resiliency, and community healing;
  • Improve access to trauma-informed community behavioral health resources and youth peer support; and
  • Create community change using a community-based participatory approach.