Ara Chackerian is a San Francisco-based entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist. He founded ACS Capital Holdings, LLC and is the managing partner of this investment firm which invests in startup healthcare companies. He has also started a few companies himself such as TMS Health Solutions which he co-founded along with a business partner. This company treats people who have treatment-resistant depression through the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation, otherwise known as TMS.
Over the past 20 years, Ara Chackerian has invested in a number of companies that have gone on to great success. Among these are BMC Diagnostics, PipelineRX, and Embion/Provider Links. In addition to investing in companies, he also serves on the board of a dozen early-stage healthcare firms. He is also an environmentalist who owns a sustainable Teak plantation in Nicaragua called Limonapa, SA. Other ways he engages in philanthropy is by donating his time and money to nonprofits like CREA Nicaragua, JUMA Ventures, and Nor Luyce. Check out his website arachackerian.com
As June is Mental Health Month he published an article about five important things to do that month. He said the first thing people should know is how to best help a person that is in a crisis. Ara Chackerian says that mental health problems can affect anyone, in particular African Americans who are 20% more likely to suffer from these than other groups. He said if you know anyone that has a mental health issue you need to help them seek professional help. Ara also said that if you have had mental health issues in the past you should let other people know so that they know they are not alone if they too are suffering from mental health issues such as depression.
Ara Chackerian also says that everyone should eliminate the negative words about mental health that are so commonly used and it stigmatizes people who have these conditions. He said that everyone needs to be sure they are taking care of their own mental health and doing their best to lead a well-balanced life. Finally, he said that mental health issues are impacting all of society and he hopes more people will get involved helping those with this condition.