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Save Our Future seeks to carry out mission, one healthy mind at a time

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Kaprisha Hargrove, COO and director of Save Our Future, a mental and behavioral health center in Chase City. / April 07, 2021

For nearly seven years, a little known agency in Chase City has helped area children and adults overcome mental health issues by offering a comprehensive range of services that include intensive in-home therapy, therapeutic mentoring, peer-to-peer support mentoring, outpatient psychotherapy, and mental health skill building.

Save Our Future is the brainchild of Dwight Ashe and Kaprisha Hargrove. Hargrove worked as a mentor and as a counselor providing intensive in-home behavioral health services for more than six years before she and Ashe decided to open their agency in 2014.

They work with Southside Behavioral Health, the area’s primary mental health provider and substance abuse counseling agency, as well as with the Department of Social Services and the county school division.

A Chase City native, Hargrove said she always had the heart and the passion needed to serve those struggling with behavioral and mental health issues but needed the education. So she earned a B.S in human services, and then an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. Now, she is working toward her PhD. and becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor while overseeing a staff of 14 and working with Ashe on a newly opened mentoring facility for kids, Purposeful Journey, also in Chase City.

She says she always knew she wanted to help those close to home. Hargrove says emphatically that people with severe and persistent mental and behavioral health issues need access to treatment, rehabilitation, and support services within the community.

The philosophy of Save our Future is based upon the belief that families can, through intervention, learn to nurture their family members, improve their functioning, and gain support within their community to enable the family to remain safely together. Moreover, Hargrove says that community-based treatment helps people with mental and behavioral disorders to maintain friendships and jobs while receiving treatment.

She says services offered through Save Our Future are tailored around the idea that all stakeholders must share in the responsibility of encouraging, motivating and assisting individuals to accept responsibility for their behavior and scholastic achievement.

Before the advent of Save Our Future, people living in the area who were struggling with behavioral health challenges found it difficult to get the help they needed. Even now, there are some who because of the stigma associated with mental health issues are afraid to seek help.

To them, Hargrove says there’s no shame in asking for help. Seeking treatment is important because a person’s mental state often impacts their physical health. She explains that there are a number of factors that may affect a person’s behavioral health and it isn’t necessarily limited to a single source. Causes might include genetics, life experiences or a family’s history of mental health problems.

These factors can show up in a number of ways, including changes in eating or sleeping patterns, withdrawing from social activities, having low energy or experiencing feelings of hopelessness. Some people turn to drugs or alcohol to dull the effects of their struggles, which leads to a spiral of addiction.

All these issues affect quality of life, according to Hargrove, who adds that behavioral health affects how we think, feel, handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Our behavioral and mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

“It’s important to remember, you’re not alone in this process,” Hargrove said. There are a number of treatment options available to help you. Sometimes it just takes a first step.

Hargrove, Ashe and the team at Save Our Future can and want to help anyone suffering or in need, regardless of the root causes. In fact, their first task when working with a new client is to find out “what led us here. We start digging.”

Each client is as unique as the individually tailored treatment plans offered through counselors with Save Our Future. Some people may be experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders or other psychological issues that contribute to their mental wellness. Others are struggling with substance abuse, anger management, or lack appropriate parenting or life skills.

For them Save Our Future offers mental health skill building and out-patient therapies.

For children there may be no underlying mental health issue. They simply need a mentor, someone willing to teach them life skills that will enable them to stave off future mental and behavioral health issues.

Young people who are having trouble in establishing or maintaining normal interpersonal relationships to such a degree that they are at risk of hospitalization, homelessness, or isolation from social support can receive in-home, person-centered counseling services.

Right now, Hargrove says the Chase City center is seeing an uptick in depression-like symptoms, particularly among young people.

“Teenager and young people need social interaction,” Hargrove said.

For them, as well as kids looking for recreation and a place to have fun, there is Purposeful Journey as well as the peer-to-peer mentoring services offered through Save Our Future.

The ideal goal is for each client is to move away from programs offered through Save Our Future, regardless of the reason they first came. For some, it means referring them to another person or organization. The hope is always that the skills developed while working with counselors at Save Our Future will allow an individual to stand on their own and live a happier, productive and full life.

Hargrove will tell you that she so loves what she does that it is not work. She looks for that same passion in the people she hires as counselors and mentors at Save Our Future. She adds they’re always looking for good mentors, preferably those with some training.

Save Our Future is located at 922 North Main Street in Chase City. You can obtain their services, regardless of whether you have insurance coverage by calling (434)-533-3090, emailing them at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or completing a referral from available online and faxing it to (434)-533-3082.

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