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Speaking Out for Suicide Prevention

Speaking Out for Suicide Prevention

The convergence of many traumatic events that continue to challenge and stretch us too thin requires that we confront hard-hitting topics such as suicide straight on. September marks suicide prevention month, during which we deepen our social outreach to those in need by speaking up and lifting the taboo. 

We strive to raise awareness of the mental health continuum at Ketamine Health Centers, an industry leader providing support and treatment for suicide ideation with proven results. As we face an unprecedented increase in the suicide rate here in the United States, and around the globe, we seek to provide a pathway to healing. 

Our veteran population remains a high-risk group, especially as we begin to wind down 20 years of war fatigue. The elderly are suffering more in an era of increasing geriatric mental health care needs, as the boomer generation ages. And our (mental) healthcare options shrink while we absorb other pressures on our healthcare system just as the need for services expand.  

Ultimately, our youth remain the most vulnerable to an increased rate of substance abuse and depression, strong indicators of potential suicidal ideation, in particular when the future seems so bleak. As a society, it is our responsibility to balance the realities of the world with the beauty and possibilities that have always existed in tandem. To highlight the hope that humanity is capable of and to inspire change at all levels. To help bring our youth into the fold as agents of change.

By providing alternative treatments for a wide range of mental health disorders, Ketamine Health Centers helps curb suicide and refocus mental health as overall wellness. Ketamine infusion treatment guided psychotherapy is a powerful new therapeutic that effectively reduces suicidal ideation by 98%. Individuals who suffer chronic pain and illness are also at high risk for suicide and can most benefit from ketamine infusion therapy. 

What to look out for if a loved one is in a high-risk group or has suffered trauma

The challenge with identifying suicidal tendencies is the variety of signs that differ across each individual. However, often the most prominent emotion is hopelessness and a subtle or not so subtle denial of self, such as feeling a burden to others, giving away prized possessions, or being extremely withdrawn.  

Some signs could be rationalized away as “teenage” behavior such as increased risky behavior, diving recklessly or taking unnecessary risks often. And again, though not always present, for older individuals nor for youth, often starting or increasing substance use, or using other unhealthy modes of coping skills such as gambling, are warning signs that should not be overlooked.

Recent events such as a job loss, great financial loss, or trauma (individual or collective) can lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior as well. If you or someone you know is in this position, reach out to a professional for guidance. Contact your mental healthcare provider, a clinician at Ketamine Health Centers for information (1-833-542-3040) or for immediate assistance call

1-800-273-TALK (8255) the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Do not be afraid to talk about suicide with someone who you fear is having suicidal thoughts, or possibly planning a suicide. Break the taboo.

Directly ask what plans have been made, if any? How far have they prepared according to set plans? Talking about it helps to destigmatize and disarm possible suicidal ideation.

Talking about your concerns directly provides the individual with much-needed support and a direct confrontation with their thoughts that is crucial but requires the support of others. The best way to help is to connect them with a professional.

 I wish to highlight valuable information and support provided by volunteers around the country to help curb this mental health crisis. We must address the lack of necessary mental healthcare facilities and providers for the level of care that is currently needed. We must especially mobilize to meet the demands for the increased need that is on the horizon.

For in-depth information or for ways to offer direct help as a volunteer, please visit:  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/how-we-can-all-prevent-suicide/

To schedule a free consultation to learn more about IV Ketamine infusion therapy, call 1-833-542-3040 or email us at info@ketaminehealthcenters.com

Summer Sets ALIVE & Well

Summer Sets ALIVE & Well

Let’s pause for a moment.

Reflect on where you find yourself, right now, rounding out summer and down-shifting gears.

Together, let us have a moment of silence.

Now, take a deep breath through your nose. Inhale long and hold that moment quietly, at the top of your breath. Exhale slowly emptying yourself of all that is unnecessary.

I hope this summer sees you surrounded often by nature. In backyards, on porch fronts, or at the nearest water source. Count your blessings if you found yourself in, near or under water at any point this summer, soaking in its healing qualities. So many of us did as we visited our majestic National Parks, renewing and replenishing ourselves.

I give thanks each day for living near beautiful preserves. And I feel grateful for unexpectedly climbing to the summit of Stone Mountain just a few weeks ago, while enjoying a weekend immersed in nature. It reenergized me to the core. Our natural world provides us with the most direct connection with the energetic source of life, and water ties us to its life-giving properties.

We replenish our spirit and our bodies at a physiological level when we engage in outdoor activities, or no activity at all but soaking in the healing tones that intimately connect us to the energetic world. Eating the seasonal fruits and vegetables in these natural settings help us balance our mind, body and soul. Even simply sitting outside for lunch once a week at your workplace provides solace.

Let’s make space for breathing deeply and intentionally each day, preferably outside. Breathing ties us most directly with our environment and marks the most effective path for our self-healing when done right.

Breathe through your nose, straight into your lungs. Breathing through your nose naturally aligns your spine and lengthens your body to draw in greater energy and generate more expanse, and by extension more confidence and self-love.

Simply by breathing deeply we create greater resilience to calmly face life’s challenges when we establish a balanced body (through nutrition and physical health), mind (through positive behaviors and attitudes) and spirit (by creating one’s purpose and simply breathing deeply). With time we learn not only how to manage, but how to thrive in those moments that move us to develop ourselves more fully and create our happiness, while navigating pain and suffering.

Ketamine Health Centers provides targeted wellness services through its partner at Alive Wellness Group, helping clients to boost their immune system and incorporate a holistic approach to mental health. A robust mental wellness lifestyle focuses on the mind body matrix and the importance of establishing healthy pathways. Breathing practices, meditation and nature therapy are important aspects of wellness that help us reduce stress, balance our busy lives and strengthen our spirit.

A personalized wellness assessment and nutritional enhancements can propel you into a synergized routine this coming fall that will further enhance your self-development and help you build resilience as we continue to face many challenges together.

Contact us today for a free wellness consultation. Allow yourself to feel ALIVE once again!

 

Mental Health Toolkit for Improved Self-Care

Mental Health Toolkit for Improved Self-Care

Alternative treatments such as Ketamine infusion, and other treatment methods offered by Ketamine Health Centers, are valuable new tools available to mental health providers. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and because of this, we want to highlight the importance of utilizing your own toolkit for mental health hygiene to establish self-care.

You may be already familiar with many of the tools that people put to use, practices necessary for physical and mental health hygiene. Getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising, expressing ourselves authentically, developing deeper connections – these daily aspects of healthy living renew energy at our core.

Another set of tools are those activities that most engage us. Our kits will be filled with a variety of tools, tailored to each of us. Dancing, movement meditation, deep-breathing, yoga, body check-ins, bodywork, making music, therapy, gratitude actions, and appreciation of beauty are all enriching activities, rich modes of connecting in the world that provides a source of healing. You will most benefit from an assortment of each of these tools.

To be most effective, your Toolkit must be filled with self-care activities that resonate with you. Some established practices, such as deep-breathing, is central to both physical and mental wellness. Breathing helps us focus on the present moment. It helps us slow down and check-in with our physical, mental, and energetic states. Physiologically, it reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that causes reactive states of fight or flight. Breathing helps reduce our blood pressure and heart rate in moments of stress, bringing us back to equilibrium.

The goal of stocking your Toolkit is for you to utilize an array of practices to manage and guide your response to stress or adversity. Be aware of when you tense up in certain moments, so that you can be prepared for those occasions to minimize the impact. By doing these practices consistently, we are ready to handle the big challenges that life tosses our way. Creating your self-care Toolkit in a manner that is tailored to your needs, strengths, and mode of joy, helps create meaning and happiness in life. You add value to your Toolkit, and to your life, by adding new practices and insights as you grow and change over time.

Your Toolkit can be made up of practices that include a gratitude mantra in the morning, checking-in with your body, noticing, and relieving tension throughout the day. Take 3 minutes before or after you eat lunch to breathe deeply and take note of your present moment. Spend the evening doing at least one thing that brings you joy or connect with someone that energizes you. End your day with a reflective moment and drift to sleep with 3 minutes of deep-belly breathing.

Practicing mindfulness, reframing negative thoughts, leaning on your strengths, and reflecting through gratitude are essential daily practices, that, over time, help create a way of being grounded, and yet flexible in the face of change. They help us generate a flow in life that builds resilience. Using our tools also help us create a strong supportive network in our community.

 Managing energy levels is one of the keys to maintaining good physical, cognitive, and mental modes of self-care. Everyone has a different energy signature and mode of replenishing. There are countless practices to help reframe or recharge with the goal of creating healthier lives in the face of change, stress, or trauma. Think about what tools, practices, and activities will fill your toolbox. And use it, mix it up to work on all aspects of yourself, and help those close to you use their own wellness toolkit to build resilience and attain happiness despite adversity.

The various alternative treatment methods provided by Ketamine Health Centers are helpful for individuals at every level of the mental health spectrum. We offer wellness procedures and resources to help you manage stress and create that necessary balance in your life. And we provide the latest techniques available to treat mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and more. Please reach out today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you or your loved one find the best treatment tailored to your needs.

Stress Reduction is Key to Curbing a Mental Health Crisis

Stress Reduction is Key to Curbing a Mental Health Crisis

More than a year of living through a pandemic and significant social change has levied a toll on us. There exists immense loss and trauma on many personal fronts. Unfortunately, we will see the effects in rising cases of mental health concerns (especially among our young adults, those in their teens and early 20s). A survey, Stress in America taken at the beginning of 2021, “reveal[s] that physical health may be declining due to an inability to cope in healthy ways with the stresses of the pandemic.” It provides tips on how to identify unhealthy coping skills, such as making poor food choices, drinking and other unhealthy means to manage the increased levels of stress, and offers ways to change those behaviors. 

Here, I highlight the layered impacts of stress in order to provide a multifaceted approach to stress relief. The aim is to target each of those layers of impact and establish a wellness approach to carry you through the remaining phases of this year, in the short term, and hopefully establish a lifestyle for the long haul.

One layer is the mental realm that is affected at various levels. At the emotional level stress triggers reactive responses such as hypersensitivity, anxiety, flight-fight-freeze response, or feelings of sadness and despair. At the behavioral level one may exhibit hostility or be non-cooperative or argumentative.  And at the cognitive level (a mental-physical space) stress leads to poor decision-making and affects memory and organizational skills, leading to loss of productivity.  

Next is the energetic layer, an intermediary level that comprises our relational connections between the mental and the physical (both of our bodies and of the world around us). This is the level that regulates how we interact with our environment, our object relations with the world. This field is filtered through our psyche and felt through our bodies. Stress affects our energetic levels by leading to a withdrawal from others, from the things we enjoy. We often describe it as a sense of disconnection that can lead to lethargy, which literally means ‘a lack of energy and enthusiasm’ for life. 

It is key to remember that if we can regulate some of the emotional and physical stress markers, we can bring more healthy dynamics into play with your relationships, including with our self. This allows us to read those energetic clues about others with more clarity. Often anger, stress and pain cloud our ability to read these signals clearly, thus affecting the course of our relationships. Stress impedes our ability to re-energize our psyche and physical state of wellbeing if it goes unchecked.

There is the physical space where stress shows more visible markers. Stress increases heart rate levels, changes in appetite, leads to body tension, and tension-building headaches, among other signs, which could ultimately lead to a compromised immune system. More extreme conditions, such as ulcers, may develop when stress becomes chronic. 

Ignoring these multitude of symptoms can lead to more complex mental health issues such as substance abuse, increased anxiety, depression, and the predisposition to illness. Given the varied levels of impact that stress has on our mind, body and energetic spirit, one should approach stress relief with a well-rounded philosophy to healthy living in general. Of course, nature is the most effective space to realign all layers in tandem. 

 

Here are several things that you can do to engage each level:

Self-care habits of proper diet, stretching and exercise, getting enough sleep, minimal drinking – all help us work through the stress and tension that affects us physically. Stretching regularly, getting massages, acupuncture or other treatments to release built-up tension are extremely helpful in curbing the physical effects of stress. Deep-breathing is a simple practice that takes 2-5 minutes of mindful breathing, filling the belly on your inhale and emptying the chest and belly on the exhale. Deep breathing lowers blood pressure and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. It engages the parasympathetic nervous system that works as a medium between our energetic, mental and physical levels, by naturally reversing the stress response, our ‘flight, fight, freeze’ response to stress.

Connections of all types are the life force that sustains us. Staying connected to others through whatever means of communication helps build our interpersonal spaces. And working through challenges with love and self-compassion helps us connect with others in order to manage our difficult moments with support. The energetic level thrives off the vibrational energy that comes from deeply felt bonds. Also, that of music, aesthetics, the energy of life in nature, spiritual connection and especially by developing one’s talents and passions.

Finally, using calming techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, Tai Chi, etc., all help us work through some of the emotional and behavioral effects of stress. Bringing us into mind, body, spiritual balance to help place our focus on our work, family (wherever you place value) and strengthen our cognitive states of mind. Mindfulness techniques, practicing gratitude and being in the present moment – on a consistent basis – allows calm to resonate through all levels of the self, and puts one in a state of mind that is physiologically incompatible with some stages of stress.

The various alternative treatment methods provided by Ketamine Health Centers are helpful for individuals at every level of the mental health spectrum. We offer wellness procedures and resources to help you manage stress and create that necessary balance in your life. And we provide the latest techniques available to treat mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and more. Please reach out today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you or your loved one find the best treatment tailored to your needs.

Ketamine Infusion Therapy Provides a Lifeline for Suicidal Ideation


Ketamine Infusion Therapy Provides a Lifeline for Suicidal Ideation


People suffering from depression or other feelings of hopelessness may feel that the pain has become unbearable to the point of developing suicidal ideations, but there is help available for people struggling. Ketamine infusion therapy has been an effective method in assisting to change one’s perspective from the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness to recognizing there are other solutions. By adjusting the emotions that focus on situational permanence, one can reshape the narrative with the brain– a restructuring that occurs during Ketamine infusions that assist in creating pathways to healing. No other treatment exists that can immediately, and so effectively reduce the feelings of suicidal ideation. 

In highlighting suicide awareness, we want to invite you to learn more about Ketamine infusion therapy, and how it has brought relief to many. Ketamine Health Centers has provided immediate and long-term relief to countless individuals suffering from treatment-resistant depression and suicidal ideation. While intravenous treatments of Ketamine provide more profound neurophysiological change in patients, the nasal spray version, Esketamine, provides immediate aid (as explored in this study) showing the potential of Ketamine treatment for addressing suicidal ideation.

Though not all individuals who experience moments of hopelessness develop practices of self-harm, suicidality does afflict individuals more readily who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, anxiety or depression, and chronic pain.

Some of the warning signs to keep in mind and look out for are:

A loss of interest in activities and hobbies
Isolating oneself
Giving away prized possessions 
Talking about death and dying
Self-injurious behavior or evidence
Increased high-risk behavior 

Ketamine Health Centers can provide a pathway forward from the pain of suicidal ideation.
(Help is available at all hours at suicidepreventionlifeline.org or 1-800-273-8255). For help from one of our professional staff, contact us today to begin a treatment plan and your path to healing. With locations throughout South Florida and now Mexico, Ketamine Health Centers can provide immediate relief and a hopeful way forward for you or your loved one.

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