SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Millions of Americans struggle with mental illness every day, and the month of May—National Mental Health Awareness Month—aims to recognize that struggle. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 20 adults in the U.S. experience serious mental illness each year, and suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34.

Dr. Manuel Astruc, a board-certified psychiatrist in Saratoga Springs, recently brought a new treatment into his practice, a first-of-its-kind machine to treat depression. The transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) machine offers a non-invasive solution with significant potential results to those who experience little or no relief from their symptoms through conventional treatments like medication and traditional psychotherapy.

“The stimulation that we’re providing with the magnets helps to re-regulate, so they’re working as they’re supposed to, the deep emotional centers and the thinking parts of the brain,” Dr. Astruc says.

Each session runs for around 20 minutes and the patient feels a small “pecking” or “tapping” sensation on their scalp during the treatment. Find out if you’re eligible for TMS treatments online.