Yes, the whole covid shut down didn't make much difference to us that were already socially isolated.
Many people have said that now others in society will understand what it's like for us.
But they don't.
It's really up to us to take steps for ourselves.
I'm sorry you've come to specific realisations about your family. My family stopped speaking to me decades ago.
I lost 39 people in one fell swoop by calling the police on my mother - finally. She was jailed by Police.
It took me AGES to work out that my family hated me.
I was heavily depressed during those years. Depression can be a very difficult thing to lift off of you.
Hold on because you can overcome depression!
IMO if we believe some people's actions have contributed to our depression, I ask how good they could be for our MH anyway?
There are so many wonderful Community groups out there to foster friendships between people and assist them making connections with each other. I'm not saying ALL of the people who attend these groups have pure intentions lol, but you're probably alert to red flags anyway.
* Community Gardens that you can go to and they usually have working bees and interesting talks,
* Men's Sheds
* Church Food Pantries that you could help out with and they foster WONDERFUL friendships IME.
* Community Soup Kitchens
* Disability service centres who run Op shops are usually always looking for Volunteers.
* Gardening groups and Permaculture groups.
These are just the groups I've been involved with in the past and I've kept around 1 good friend per group lol.
I even found a group that assists with driving children to jail to see their incarcerated parent(s).
You would probably need a Working With Children's Check to help with some groups but these are free for Volunteers.
Sometimes we just need to feel needed and you may feel the right things if you can get yourself out there.
Has your interest been piqued at all?