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HopeHealth focuses on the mental health, well-being, and safety of men and boys in three subpopulations - African Americans, Latinos, and Veterans.

Making Connections

In 2015, HopeHealth was 1 of 16 organizations that was awarded a Making Connections planning grants in the nation from Prevention Institute and the Movember Foundation. The purpose of this award is to gain an understanding of what factors impact the health, well-being and safety of men and boys in 3 subpopulations- African Americans, Latinos, and Veterans. The project’s activities will have a broad reach including five of South Carolina’s counties – Aiken, Clarendon, Florence, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg counties.

Making Connections – Forging a Path to Improved Well-being Among South Carolina’s Men and Boys

After a series of focus groups and key-informant interviews across the five counties, the data was used to help craft an innovative plan, addressing the local mental health and well-being needs of men and boys in a culturally relevant and engaging manner.

The project includes partnerships with The Boys and Girls Club of Florence, SC Thrive, SC Office of Rural Health, PASOs, and USC’s Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies, and is directed by HopeHealth Chief of Special Programs, Sallie Bachman.

Over the next four years, project efforts will aim to prepare and strengthen the community to properly address the mental health and emotional wellness concerns of the target population through prevention efforts, with the following goals in mind.

Goals of Making Connections

  • Prepare and strengthen the community to properly address the mental health and emotional wellness concerns of the target population through prevention efforts
  • Improve capacity building in order to strengthen practice and implementation efforts serving the target populations

Planned Activities

  • Establish community advisory group and develop local policy agenda
  • Provide Mental Health First Aid for local providers
  • Connect veterans to resources and peer-to-peer support groups via expanding Veteran Referral & Assistance Network (VRAN).
  • Provide screenings for depression, anxiety, suicide for minority boys through HopeHealth pediatric offices
  • Establish and/or peer-support groups for Veterans and minority men and boys
  • Develop culturally relevant materials and prevention messaging
  • Host quarterly forums around the mental welling needs and concerns of men and boys

Who We Serve

  • Veterans
  • Minority men and boys

Did you know?

  • Around 1 in 4 adults in the United States will experience a mental health problem in a given year
  • The highest rate of depression is in men aged 40 – 59
  • 6 million men are affected by depression each year in the US
  • On average 90 men each day take their life by suicide in the US
  • Males account for 10% of patients with anorexia or bulimia, and 35% of those with a binge-eating disorder.
  • Men are less likely than women to seek help for depression substance abuse and stressful life events due to: social norms, reluctance to talk, and downplaying symptoms

Sources: Movember Foundation and Mental Health America

For more Information, please contact:

Sallie Bachman
Chief of Special Programs
360 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501
Tel: (843) 667-9414

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