Ara Chackerian is famously known for his philanthropic work and in the world of business. His work is mainly dedicated to community-based efforts. He has spent a considerable time of his career in healthcare field where he has gained immense experience in linking healthcare services and technology. Ara Chackerian also has a passion in youth development and environmental causes. Nicaragua’s sustainable teak farm is an example of the environmental focus. Agricultural practices that are environmental friendly are used in the enhancement of the operations, as opposed to spoiling the local environment.
In regards to the question on what gave Ara Chackerian the idea of his latest venture, he explains their prior intention together with his business partner of extending their experience to other healthcare areas from diagnostic radiology centers for the out-patients. They spent over 10 years in Northern California constructing network of centers. Transcranial magnetic stimulation was a device based treatment meant for treating depression was a suggestion from their long-time provider partners.
Ara Chackerian has broadly talked about ending suicide stigma. He further states that over 100 lives are lost to suicide every day. Studies indicate that over 45,000 Americans lose their lives to suicide related cases annually. The general laxity from the public on issue surrounding suicide is greatly contributed by fear and misunderstanding on this topic. Major organizations have come together in fighting most issues affecting the society such as, cancer, domestic violence, and heart diseases but none addresses the issues of suicide. Ara Chackeria feels that the topic on suicide requires a given degree of susceptibility and acknowledgement of depression where the public categories it as taboo. You can check out medium.com for more.
Ara Chackeria is the opinion that the stigma revolving around suicide could result from the fact the public is unaware of how to react. Suicide cuts across all the demographics, he gives an example of Spade and Bourdain who were successful celebrities but ended up committing suicide. Cases of depression are among the factors leading to suicide. Ara Chackeria advises that opening communication lines will help save lives.