CereScan suicide prevention

CereScan Actively Engaged in Suicide Prevention

CereScan suicide prevention

Suicide is preventable and by collaborating together, we can save lives

September is globally recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and join together by sharing struggles and experiences as we work to bring light to the darkness and combat the stigma of depression and other mental illnesses.

Suicide is the one of the leading causes of death in the United States with one suicide occurring every 13 minutes, according to the American Association of Suicidology. Having a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion, increases the risk for suicidal behavior. In a 2016 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the long-term risk of suicide increases three-fold among adults who have had concussions.

CereScan’s patented brain diagnostic process is playing a role in suicide prevention through an enhanced clinical evaluation process. CereScan’s advanced technology is able to show the biological reasons by symptoms, helping thousands receive answers and go on to more successful treatments.

Those who suffer from invisible illnesses, such as TBI and depression, and those left behind after a loved one dies by suicide often feel lost. Shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly. During September, but also during the other 11 months of the year, we’d like to remind everyone that we can all play a role in preventing suicide.

This September, we recognize the following observances:

  • September: Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
  • September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day
  • September 10-16: National Suicide Prevention Week

Getting Help

Seeing a doctor when you are feeling depressed is not a sign of weakness. It’s being proactive. Unfortunately, depression drains the desire and energy to talk with loved ones or seek professional help. Often, depressed people believe they are failures, and many feel they are not worthy of help. However, the most courageous thing you can do is to get help.

If you are or someone you know is struggling, there are resources that can help:

Just Like Wine, No Two Brains are Alike

Most physicians I know believe in the health properties of wine when taken in moderation. It improves stress levels, lowers risk of stroke and, depending on the research you read, may even help with arterial sclerosis. If nothing else, it helps doctors relax and gives them something other than medicine to talk about.

Wine was central to my thesis when I recently participated in Singularity University’s Global Forum, a world-class collection of thinkers, leaders and doers who educate, influence and inspire other on the front lines of technical innovation. I was a member of the Breakthrough Panel, which included other leaders in neuroscience.

I used an analogy to show how, like the human brain, no two vintages of wine are the same but they do have similarities that connect them in a variety of ways. An experienced sommelier is trained to pick up on the subtle differences between wines, just like a physician is trained to identify the subtle differences between medical conditions.

Addressing the uniqueness and complexity in identifying abnormalities in the human brain, which has been greatly enhanced through the use of breakthrough technology and advanced data analytics, is much like addressing the subtleties of different wines. Instead of an aficionado using his or her trained nose and palate, doctors and other medical specialists need to apply new technologies to collect data about traumas, symptoms, imaging, genomics and more on one side, and help deliver faster and more accurate diagnoses for conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s to strokes.

I cited recent literature and use cases, showing the power of data in its objective measurement and predictive capabilities. Put simply, biomedical programs have a treasure trove of data that can be mined to assist in the identification of conditions and the subsequent prescription of therapies. because of big data analytics, physicians can know dramatically more about their patients and directly translate that knowledge into improved decision making and results.

The bottom line from the Global Forum is that collaboration and data sharing drives progress and innovation in the medical fields and beyond. For the wine lover, this means a future of good drinks and even better medicine.

John A. Kelley, Jr., is Chairman and CEO of CereScan, a functional brain diagnostics company headquartered in Denver.


CereScan in-network insurance

CereScan is Now In-Network with Cigna Health Insurance

CereScan in-network insurance

We are proud to announce that all brain diagnostic services offered at CereScan’s Colorado location are now covered in-network by Cigna Health Insurance. It is now easier than ever to get the answers that you or a loved one deserve.

At CereScan, it’s important for us to make our brain diagnostic services available to those who need them. That’s why we will be continuing to expand our in-network coverage. If you currently have insurance that isn’t in-network, it could be soon.

If you have not found answers to your concerns and are still interested in how this diagnostic information might be life changing, please contact us using our toll-free number (866) 722-4806, or fill out our contact form.  

We work with variety of health insurance plans and can help determine if your current insurance policy may cover this procedure.  No-interest payment plans are available if insurance is not an option.

Non-Colorado residents can also take advantage of in-network coverage! Call today to speak to our one of our patient care coordinators to learn how.

Phone Number: 866-722-4806

Email: pcc@cerescan.com

John Kelley CereScan StartUp Health

Video: How Technology is Revolutionizing the Diagnosis of Brain Disorders

John Kelley, CEO and Chairman of CereScan, sits down with Unity Stoakes of StartUp Health to share his vision for the future of brain health and what CereScan is doing to make that vision a reality.


If you have questions about a brain-related condition and would like to learn how CereScan can help, or if you would simply like more information about what we do, please contact us by phone at 866-722-4806 or fill out our online contact form. Our dedicated staff is here to answer any questions you have and help guide you in the right direction.