Ketamine in Suicide Prevention
Tragic losses of life from suicide, like the recent passing of iconic designer Kate Spade and the chef, storyteller, and writer Anthony Bourdain are absolutely devastating…and preventable. Each year, nearly 45,000 Americans die by suicide. Furthermore, for every suicide, 25 more are attempted. With dire statistics like this, we must find a better way! Suicide Prevention is real. We can help those with suicidal thoughts.
What can be done?
There is a growing body of evidence that Ketamine can mitigate suicidal risk. In fact, Ketamine has rapid antidepressant and antisuicidal action. Therefore, many studies have assessed the antisuicidal effect of Ketamine. Additionally, two of these were in emergency room settings. These studies demonstrated that the antisuicidal effect of Ketamine may even be seen within 40 minutes of treatment.
Ketamine for major depressive disorder or bipolar depression
In a statement by Kate Spade’s husband, Andy Spade, he shared, “Kate was actively seeking help for depression and anxiety over the last 5 years, seeing a doctor on a regular basis and taking medication for both depression and anxiety.” The truth is, commonly used antidepressant medications are ineffective for nearly a third of patients. Ketamine offers new hope for many suffering from depression.
Are you or someone you love suicidal?
Your life matters to us! Most of us wrestled with the darkness. I have wrestled with darkness. And it wants us to be alone. Furthermore, we don’t want it to win. So, don’t be alone. Reach out and talk to someone who can help. It takes huge courage to reach out and ask for help. But it is amazing how much lighter the load can be when you let someone carry a little bit.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call us immediately. We are here to help anytime, 24/7. While things may feel hopeless, talking about it can save your life.