We all find our ways to cope with the cards we’ve been dealt; and sometimes, certain outlets, while isolating and temporary, are the only escape that seems real. All individuals need a tribe they can call their own, to whom they can turn for affection and support. And if we can help someone who is struggling find his/her way to achieving that goal, then an essential mission of Amudim will have been reached.
Zack*, a 17 year-old boy who was the survivor of years of verbal and physical abuse, reached out to us on his own, expressing deep emotions of loneliness, insecurity and feeling lost. He had been struggling with depression for a while, and had trouble expressing himself or establishing any lasting relationships. Zack told us that he spent most of his days playing video games, retreating into what he believed was his only option of a world of “friends” and acceptance.
One of the few people with whom Zack was still close from his childhood saw his friend spiraling, and suggested that he call Amudim. Zack was in enough pain that he decided to make the call, though he was skeptical of finding any meaningful or concrete solutions.
Our case manager spoke with Zack for a long time, getting the full history of what he had endured. He recommended that Zack begin therapy sessions twice a week; and in the absence of any familial support, we helped secure funding through private donors and Project Heal. Zack immediately began treatment; he maintained contact with his case manager and began the difficult task of working through his past traumas while developing the social skills and tools that he would need to develop new and healthy personal connections. After several months, Zack reported that he was making good strides, feeling empowered and less alone as he continued his journey towards healing.
As we continue to assist Zack through the process, we are hopeful that he will branch out to find friends and establish a support system that was sorely lacking for many years, and that is essential to every individual’s physical and mental wellbeing.
If you or someone you know needs support, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Amudim is here and ready to help.
*Names and details have been changed for privacy purposes.
Each week, Amudim fields calls covering a wide range of crises and addressing various human concerns, including addiction, depression, abuse, health and domestic emergencies and many others. We track the calls and breakdown of issues for many reasons, foremost of which is to consistently improve and strengthen our knowledge and ability to address community’s needs.
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Written By: LUKE TRESS
Source: Times of Israel