Private Equity Investor Ara Chackerian Shares His Thoughts On Depression And Suicide

San Francisco’s entrepreneur Ara Chackerian has been investing in healthcare industry startup firms for 17 years. He leads ASC Capital Holdings as its managing director and has invested and co-founded numerous companies such as BMC Diagnostic and Pipeline Healthcare. He graduated in 2001 from Florida State University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing.

It’s not just in the healthcare industry that Ara Chackerian invests, though. He also invested in a company he started in Nicaragua named Limonapa Teak. This is a farm that uses environmentally-friendly practices in order to grow teak that is used in numerous ways such as for boat decking and furniture.

The way the practice agriculture at Limonapa Teak results in a better natural environment instead of harming it. Additionally, his company has hired hundreds of people surrounding this farm and pays them very competitive wages.

Along with his business partner, Ara Chackerian established TMS Health Solutions a few years ago. The TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. This technology provides relief to people who have forms of depression that have proven resistant to traditional therapy. Having already launched an out-patient diagnostic radiology firm with multiple locations they felt they could do the same in the therapy field.

By chance, Ara Chackerian met with Dr. Richard Bermudas. This doctor had been already using TMS in his office for a decade and was one of its thought leaders. Ara Chackerian says they brought the doctor onboard as the company’s leader and the company has been very successful with offices now all around the Bay Area.

Writing on his blog, Ara  recently wrote about ending the stigma associated with suicide. As he notes when someone well-known commits suicide it is often glossed over by those in the news business. Far too many kill themselves each year in America, more than 45,000, and this number could be cut if people were more willing to talk about suicide openly.

He wrote that the family of people who have committed suicide should speak up and let others know their story. He also calls for a national organization dedicated to preventing suicide, just as there are ones for cancer or cardiovascular disease. To see more you can visit arachackerian.com

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