One of the hallmarks of depression, and mental illness in general, is the isolation that one feels. Feeling as if we face our burdens all alone. Thinking that no one could possibly understand the depths of despair that one may reach. The added social stigma that surrounds mental health care makes it seem as if this is undoubtedly true. Yet, when one begins to reach out for support and open oneself up to the necessary states of vulnerability that speaking our truth requires, we quickly come to realize that we are surrounded by countless of individuals who struggle with life’s challenges at one level or another. It is only a matter of degrees that may separate one’s challenges from the person standing next to you. This is particularly true for youth who already face the difficulties of finding their voice in this world, and developing their identity, almost always with a perceived need to mask their weaknesses for fear of rejection. And as we well know, with all the discourse on ‘toxic masculinity’ in the face of the me-too movement, it is more difficult for men of all ages to share their struggles for fear of greater isolation due to gender stereotypes.
Thankfully, this discourse has had the positive effect of allowing us to confront the social stigma of mental health with courage and conviction. Recognizing that together we stand stronger, more resilient. That by establishing a supportive web we heal more quickly as we work through our challenges and find cathartic strength and solidarity in helping others. There are a growing number of men’s support groups across college campuses and various communities, that provide a lifeline for men, young and old, sharing their challenges with mental illness, or the toxic social strictures they may have experienced. There are more youth organizations to help individuals of all stripes find their voice and speak their truth in a climate that is becoming increasingly hostile to their sexual identity or gender transitions (a rapid reversal of the hard-fought social progress witnessed not that long ago). Thankfully, there are more early education programs aimed to help young children with anxiety and depression, and the devastating challenges of growing up with addiction in their homes. And women suffering from sexual abuse and/or domestic violence are finding more supportive social networks to address their needs. The growing awareness that these groups bring to us on a larger societal scale is helping breakdown the barriers to mental health care, as we find that we are stronger together. Supportive community groups, often in combination with more traditional therapeutic avenues, provide a lifeline for so many individuals facing mental disorders and traumas in life.
Ketamine Health Centers is proud to provide a supportive network of clinics throughout Florida to educate and engage individuals in their path to healing. By providing a variety of alternative treatment options, we seek to stand with you, to help you build your resilience and together work through your life challenges, providing cutting edge therapeutic treatment. Contact us today (305-856-9442) for a consultation to learn how ketamine infusion therapy can help you or a loved one establish your ground.