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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or not so subtle denial of self, such as feeling a burden to others, giving away prized possessions, or being extremely withdrawn.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

Ketamine Health Centers Offers Free Consultations During National Suicide Prevention Month

Ketamine Health Centers Offers Free Consultations During National Suicide Prevention Month

Industry leader in Ketamine Infusion Therapy reduces barriers and increases accessibility to meet the growing demand for effective solutions for mental health conditions

MIAMI, FL — September 10, 2021 —  Ketamine Health Centers (KHC), the leading provider of IV ketamine infusion therapy in Florida, has announced it will offer free consultations across all five of its Florida-based facilities during the month of September, also recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10-34, and ranks as the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States.

Suicides have increased 35% in the U.S. since 1999 and Suicide Prevention Month hopes to shed light on this dark and taboo topic.  Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone and do not discriminate in age, gender or background. Oftentimes, suicide results from an untreated mental health condition and suicidal ideation should always be taken seriously. Bringing the topic of suicide to the open allows for open conversations about what suicide is, the resources available to prevent it and to further destigimtize mental health.

Ketamine Health Centers prides itself on providing the highest-caliber ketamine treatments. Current data suggests, when given intravenously, ketamine may be the most important breakthrough in antidepressant treatment in decades. With a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to delivering long-term solutions for treatment-resistant mental health and pain conditions, Ketamine Health Center’s success rate for treating depression surpasses the national average, exceeding 85 percent.

As these treatments become more popular and with increased insurance coverage, our company continues to be at the forefront of the field–one infusion at a time. With over 10,000 patients treated since inception, Ketamine Health Centers brings experience and hope for patients with mental health and pain conditions. KHC is proud of its continued company growth and its ability to provide leading mental health and pain care to patients in more areas, coast to coast.

“The effect of our treatments on mental health is transformational for patients,” says Dr. Raul Cruz, Chief Medical Officer. “To offer free consultations allows us to extend awareness about our services to all patients, providing them an alternative option for mental health conditions.”

The facilities include ketamine infusion therapy, but also other personalized cutting-edge treatments designed to help patients regain control: Stellate Ganglion Blocks (SGB), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and teleherapy,  to name a few. The KHC approach allows patients struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other debilitating conditions to find relief and start living again.

For more information on Ketamine Health Centers , call 1-833-542-3040 or email info@ketaminehealthcenters.com.

About Ketamine Health Centers

Ketamine Health Centers is the only full-service health center in Florida fully dedicated to ketamine infusion therapy via joint expertise of board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Raul Cruz, and psychiatrist, Dr. Juan Oms, and our COO Dennis Diaz, CRNA. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, the practice is committed to delivering long-term solutions that incorporate ketamine infusions with a holistic, multidisciplinary approach. The collective knowledge and medical excellence of Ketamine Health Centers’ elite team have generated programs to serve those suffering from mental health and chronic pain, offering a plan that supports their well-being and steps toward recovery. The goal is to use ketamine to help patients regain a balance between the mind, body, and spirit. For more information, visit www.ketaminehealthcenters.com.

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.

    Finding Your Energetic Zone This New Year


    Finding Your Energetic Zone This New Year


    “Out with the old, and in with the new” is an important saying to live by, not just to help us declutter and make room for new things and renewed energy. But to keep ourselves freshly grounded throughout life in order to shape our happiness from within.

    Life flourishes in the zone between the ebb and flow of chaos and stability. That zone exists in a delicate balance between a necessary stable ground that provides predictability for planning, and a periodical disruption essential for growth. Too much chaos and you cannot move forward with confidence and strength that comes from being grounded, yet too solid a ground can become hardened, stale, and stymie growth. 

    There is a sweet spot in the zone, a flow that comes from the balanced energy that can absorb change to its advantage. This dynamism is present in all aspects of life. It is where possibilities exist. Where new conditions arise, a new pattern emerges, a fresh stable ground develops until disrupted again. Novelty re-energizes, patterns guide.


    Creating a healthy lifestyle requires a similar dynamic. We need stability which comes from routines and habits. Routines are vital for a child’s growth and development, and important for our physical and mental health as we age. But change is equally important in order to provide us with new energy through new routines, hopefully, better ones as we grow and learn and become our better Self. Change is never easy, as you know – not in nature, nor in relationships, nor in our daily living. Patterns are so incredibly integral to life that they don’t allow change to influence easily. 

The art of living a rich life is in finding your zone and crafting your happiness from within.

    Letting go is easier said than done. And letting go of habits that undermine our growth and development can be some of the hardest patterns to dislodge. There are many challenges right now, compounded by dire events that feed depression and addictions, and circumstances that can lead an individual to develop negative coping habits. Identify, if you can, those destructive habits that betray your better Self. Seek out the necessary help. 

    Ketamine Health Centers provides our clients with an array of therapeutic approaches to help them realign entrenched patterns of thought and behaviors that hinder personal growth and happiness. There are many ways to work through to identify and change negative habits and patterns of thought.
    Replacing a negative habit with one that fosters those life-affirming elements of stability and more gentle change is crucially important. Exercise, mindfulness techniques, and music-related activities are the best habits to establish as substitutes for any negative ones you are working to let go of.

    There are many patterns of thoughts that are not immediately damaging, but they hold us back in various ways that hinder our personal growth over time. I appreciated this article by Lolly Daskal that highlights several things I need to let go of to embrace a fuller life.  

I’d like to highlight the importance of risk-taking as the key to living a fuller life. Being open to risk-taking allows change to play an essential role in creating new energy and new possibilities. Ketamine Health Centers is here to help you find your zone this new year as you focus on creating new, life-affirming habits and patterns in your life.

    Social Anxiety and the Holidays

    Social Anxiety and the Holidays

    Social Anxiety Disorder affects roughly 12% of the population in the United States, according to the NIH, the National Institutes of Health. And roughly 20% of individuals diagnosed with SAD experience addiction and other negative coping methods. The impacts of the current pandemic has certainly led to increased anxiety for all individuals regarding our social interactions. Statistics compiled in the coming years will most likely reflect the impact of Covid-19 and whether more individuals with a predisposition to the mental disorder find themselves on that spectrum. 

    Generally, the holiday season requires more social interactions as we gather together to celebrate with family, friends and co-workers throughout the closing months of the year. This year we will likely see a reversal of that trend, however, as the lack of social interactions due to the pandemic will increase sentiments of loneliness, sadness and anxiety tied to our lack of agency. Still, individuals diagnosed with social anxiety disorder face a different set of factors. Therapists would do well to discuss how the changes in how we interact virtually has either increased or alleviated the anxiety that their patients experience. A Zoom meet-up could be more anxiety provoking for some. But it can be more manageable than face to face interactions for others given the ability to participate without being seen.  

    Despite how different this holiday season may be, the close of the year brings many types of holiday events that pose challenges. Yet, there are steps that you can take to minimize feelings of anxiety if you are among the thousands of individuals that have been diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. 

    Step 1 – Prepare yourself ahead of time. If you know the type of group setting that you will encounter, whether it be a holiday gathering or a family dinner for example, try to prepare yourself for the types of interactions that you might experience. If you know that there will be a large group of attendees, perhaps limit your time at the event or arrive early so that there are fewer people to greet initially. Enlisting the help of a friend or family member who you trust, beforehand, can help provide a buffer from uncomfortable interactions or be a source of comfort.

    Step 2 – Control your breathing. Be aware of how a specific interaction may raise your anxiety level and take a break to calm yourself through controlled breathing exercises and positive self-talk. Practicing various forms of muscle relaxation and breathing techniques can help release tension and keep you calm.

    Step 3 – Take the focus off of yourself. A source of social anxiety is the fear of judgement and risk of humiliation. If you can take the focus away from your negative thoughts and instead listen to others more intently while in conversation, then you can put more energy into asking questions that help you stay focused on what they are saying rather than on your own thoughts of what others might be thinking. This can help minimize misreading body language or misinterpreting what someone has said.

    Ketamine Health Centers seeks to provide relief for individuals who suffer from anxiety of all types. Whether due to increased social anxiety or the depression that may set in due to the lack thereof, Ketamine infusion therapy has a proven record of effectively reducing anxiety overall.

    Numerous studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that Ketamine infusion therapy is far more effective at treating anxiety than more traditional methods of talk therapy or psychopharmacological approaches. As stated often, a multifaceted approach to treatment is always more effective. Contact us this holiday season to learn more about the many services we provide that offer relief for anxiety and other mental health disorders that tend to intensify during this time of year. Our clinics throughout Florida provide telemed services to help us interact with you despite the challenges posed this year. We are committed to providing exceptional service and care.

    Gratitude Fosters a Healthy Brain and a Happy Mind

    Gratitude Fosters a Healthy Brain and a Happy Mind

    This remarkably difficult year has forced us to change how we approach every aspect of our life. Perspectives and coping skills have been challenged as quite heavy concerns weigh on us. So many individuals and families have experienced multiple traumas and losses this year as we cling on with sheer survival skills. Given these trying times, it is important to highlight that we are blessed with an opportunity during this season of gratitude, even as we enter a difficult period both in terms of the seasonal changes that always raise unique challenges and the special circumstances that this strange year imposes on us. As neuroscientific research catches up with collective wisdom, we now understand better the benefits of practicing gratitude as part of our daily living. One proverb affirms, “gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings” as stated in this fantastic article on “The Neuroscience of Gratitude” detailing the benefits of Thankful Thinking.

    The neurological benefits of gratitude, as we have come to learn, foster happiness and emotional and social strengths via a cascading effect of wellness. Gratitude can be considered a “natural antidepressant” as research shows that the brain produces greater amounts of feel-good dopamine and serotonin when individuals both give and receive sentiments of gratitude. Neuronal rewiring and the creation of new neural pathways help restructure our cognitive connections to think positively with more permanence. A neurological change can help foster new perspectives and help reduce anxiety and stress, crucially important for all of us these days! As another article on the benefits of writing gratitude letters indicates, it is not the abundance of positive thinking that helps establish long-lasting effects of gratitude, but rather the absence of negative thinking that leads to sustained wellness and happiness over time. Individuals that wrote gratitude letters experienced better mental health at 4 weeks and even more so at 12 weeks, even if they did not share their letters with the intended recipients, as compared to individuals who were given a negative-style writing assignment or no writing assignment at all. Moreover, with our technology overload and its detrimental effects, these days harking back to antiquated modes of communication, such as letter writing, would be a wonderful break from video calls and perhaps even more beneficial than hearing the words spoken once. A letter allows you to revisit that feel-good emotion every time you reread it.

    What is most important to consider for individuals who experience mental health illness, especially depression and anxiety, is that a multifaceted approach to treatment is always essential. We should all be practicing Thankful Thinking and paying-it-forward for our social and emotional wellbeing, which in turn will help strengthen our physical and mental states. But for individuals who need to strengthen that neurological foundation first (in order to establish those neuronal connections that will then lead to stronger emotional and social development) practicing gratitude along with exploring the benefits of alternative methods of treatment that target and enhance that neurological restructuring would greatly increase the chances of healing and self-growth.

    Ketamine Health Centers is grateful to provide these services to enhance your current treatment plan, or to help you develop one with our exceptional professional staff. Together we can help you or a loved one begin to experience the many blessings that each of us can come to recognize, foster, and pay-forward as we grow as individuals and as a society. We wish you all a Happy and Healthy holiday season!

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