The Behavioral Health Outreach and Leadership Development Project (BHOLD) is a three year project funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health’s Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities project.  BHOLD’s goal is to work to create a healthier community in Brooks County that supports resilience, mental health and well-being. 

Over the course of the project, the program will develop a Community Collaborative and Stakeholder Advisory Group, consisting of community members. The community will complete a needs assessment of the area,  a strategic plan and action plan to implement community identified initiatives. One of the aims of the project is to encourage community members to participate in all stages of the project.


BHOLD Vision is that Brooks County is an educated, prosperous, strong, healthy, and drug-free community.


The mission of BHOLD is to support, advocate and guide Brooks community residents to be resilient, healthy, drug-free and educated through continued collaboration with other agencies.


Teamwork, Leadership, Inclusive, Accountable, Service, and Success

Monthly Meeting Takeaways

Strategic Interest Group Updates

BHOLD Newsletters

Brooks County

Needs, Experiences & Wants Survey Results

Brooks County residents were surveyed to assess the existing needs within the community. 816 residents responded to the surveys. Of those surveyed, 55% were Spanish speakers. 

are concerned about quality of education and student preparedness for life after school
believe the number and types of doctors are not meeting their physical or mental health needs
believe the availability of safe jobs and access to childcare are predominate concerns especially for young adults
believe Brooks County is a safe community and feel safe in their homes
report having difficulty paying for utilities or food throughout a typical month
believe that there is enough affordable/ safe housing and that neighborhoods were good places to raise families
have access to reliable transportation for school, work & medical visits
believe that drug use is a major problem
believe there are not enough community events and fun activities
believe there are not enough culture and arts present in Brooks County