Suicidality Specialist

Big Sky Ketamine

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Kalispell, MT

Suicide affects hundreds of thousands of American families every year. Sadly, due to the stigma surrounding suicidality and self-harm, these numbers are underreported, so they may be even higher. If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts and antidepressants and other similar treatments haven’t provided relief, you may benefit from ketamine infusion therapy with William D. Stratford Jr., MD, FAPA, PC. At Big Sky Ketamine in Kalispell, Montana, the team regularly uses ketamine infusion therapy to relieve suicidality compassionately and effectively. Don’t delay seeking treatment. Call the office to make an appointment today.


What is suicidality?

Suicidality, or the act of taking your own life, is an incredibly tragic response to seemingly insurmountable life challenges. Although suicide might seem like your only way to relieve the pain or stresses you’re facing, it’s entirely preventable. 

If you or a loved one feels suicidal, it’s important to seek the help of a medical professional — like those at Big Sky Ketamine — right away. Doing so can save you or someone else’s life. With treatment and a support network, feeling better and living a happy, healthy life is possible. 

What are the symptoms of suicidality?

Suicidal thoughts vary from person to person, but there are certain signs to watch out for, including: 

  • Talking about suicide
  • Withdrawing from social contact
  • Experiencing mood swings
  • Obsessing about death, dying, or violence
  • Feeling trapped or hopeless

In addition, people contemplating suicide often obtain the tools necessary to take action. For example, they might purchase a bunch of pills or a handgun. Suicidal individuals don’t always present symptoms, and some people keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves. 

When should I see a doctor regarding suicidality?

If you’re thinking of harming yourself or know someone who is, contact 911 right away. However, if you’re feeling suicidal, but aren’t ready to take action, you should reach out to a close friend or loved one and make an appointment with the team at Big Sky Ketamine right away. Suicidal thinking won’t improve on its own, so it’s important to take action quickly. 

Can ketamine infusion therapy help with suicidality?

Yes. If you’re suffering from suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm, ketamine infusion therapy may be able to relieve your symptoms. Some people notice the effects of treatment within 40 minutes after their first infusion, but it may take up to 24 hours to notice a difference. 

You won’t wake up the next day and feel like everything is fine. However, you will likely feel less sad, more hopeful, and experience decreased thoughts of suicide. Many people also experience a feeling of increased calmness and a willingness to engage with friends and family. 

How many ketamine infusion appointments will I need?

To achieve the best results, the team at Big Sky Ketamine typically recommends a series of at least six appointments that take place over the course of two to three weeks. Following an exam and review of your medical history, the team tailors treatment to your unique needs.

Make a ketamine infusion therapy appointment at Big Sky Ketamine today by calling the office.


We have added staffing to accommodate the increased demand for IV ketamine therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an essential service provider, our office will remain open and fully operational. Please call us today if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment: 406-203-1884.