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Natural Awakenings South Central Pennsylvania

Letter from Publisher - June 2024

May 31, 2024 09:31AM ● By Dave Korba

Fantastic Voyage: The Mind of the Master


“Since the day I opened up about my emotions, it’s just been so much easier to live and so much easier to enjoy my life.” — Michael Phelps


As a species, we continue to explore, seeking knowledge, understanding and adventure. Several remaining frontiers include the ocean floor, deep space and the mind, which may be the most complex and intriguing frontier of all. This inner realm includes the brain, nervous system, emotions, mind and consciousness.


Perhaps you’re old enough to remember Fantastic Voyage, an animated sci-fi television series about a secret agency that could reduce people to microscopic size. In episode 6, The Mind of the Master, on October 19, 1968, one team member suffers brain damage, and his colleagues venture into his mind to save his life ( Perhaps truth is stranger than fiction.


June is Men’s Health Month, with an emphasis on mental wellness, an issue that too often remains hidden in the shadows, especially for the guys. While we won’t be miniaturizing and going inside anyone’s mind, our feature article by Dr. Reef Karim, delves into the critical topic of mental health challenges faced by men, providing both sobering statistics and enlightening solutions.


The data presents a stark reality: many men battle mental health issues in solitude, leading to devastating consequences. They are nearly four times more likely to commit suicide than women, with substance abuse rates also significantly higher. The pandemic intensified these issues, deepening isolation and the struggle to maintain meaningful connections.


Part of the solution is breaking the stigma surrounding male vulnerability. Karim advocates for male-specific mental health treatments that encourage emotional expression and connection through activities and group support. This approach not only addresses the immediate need for psychological relief, but also fosters a broader cultural shift towards accepting and embracing vulnerability in men.


Local therapist Dr. Tony Reigle, CEO of the Reigle Therapeutics Group, also shares his thoughts about a possible key to breaking the silence that too often surrounds men’s mental health. See page xx.


Consider the men in your lives—partners, sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, nephews, friends—and think about how we can support them in acknowledging and expressing their emotional struggles. Whether initiating a heartfelt conversation, discussing professional guidance or simply offering your presence, your actions can light a path toward self-help and ultimate healing. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988, or chat at


Together, we can remove the stigma and cultivate an environment where mental wellness is a shared priority and vulnerability is met with support instead of shame. Let’s offer and embrace compassion along our collective journey to feel good, live simply and laugh more.