Bringing a healthy association with mental health to the Valley -that’s one city leader’s mission behind opening a mental Health facility here in North West Roanoke.
New Hope Support Services on Peters Creek Road opened it’s doors to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.
New Hope’s Founder, Sherman Lea Jr., joined licensed counselors and staffers in the medical field alongside his father, Mayor Sherman Lea Senior.
The center will offer several services including individual and group counseling, medication management and rehabilitation. Lea Jr. says there’s been a deep-rooted stigma attached to mental health in certain communities. Through New Hope, he and his staff hope to change that.
“If people perceive to have an issue it’s a sign of weakness,” said Lea Jr. “So I think that being here and having people be able to ride up and down this street and see our sign, it changes the conversation to talk about that is a mental health facility and what are some things that we can work on.”
New Hope currently has eight locations across Southwest Virginia.
It will be open Monday – Friday from 8-4 p.m.