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HopeHealth focuses on the mental health, well-being, and safety of men and youth boys in two sub populations - African Americans 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 two local people groups: veterans and African American youth boys.

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

Project efforts aim to educate and strengthen the community to properly address the wellness concerns of these men and boys through prevention efforts.

The project includes partnerships with The Boys and Girls Club of Florence, and Project Josiah Restoration Ministry, and is directed by HopeHealth Chief of Special Programs Sallie Bachman.

Program Activities


  • Veteran advisory council that discusses local concerns, strengthen community efforts, and develop local policy agenda
  • Veteran Liaison program that provides assistance for current and former military personnel in navigating healthcare, employment, housing, VA benefits, and interpersonal relationships
  • Mental Health First Aid and No Wrong Doors training for local providers and business owners
  • Peer council for local veterans to strengthen engagement and involvement by building bridges to the community

Youth Boys

  • Partnership with Boys and Girls club locations in implementation of “Passport 2 Manhood: A Journey to Help You Prepare for a Positive Adulthood”
  • Youth peer leadership council at B&G Club locations that encourages mentorship and strengthens community impact among P2M partnerships
  • Trainings for B&G Club staff members to better address wellness among club members

Did you know?

  • Approximately 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:

Ashleigh Bryson
Making Connections Project Coordinator
360 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501
Tel: (843) 432-2971

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