PHOENIX — A Phoenix man has been recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations for his work to improve the lives of people suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse problems.
Greg Dicharry, the national youth empowerment director of Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE), has received the consumer/peer leadership Voice Award in Hollywood.
The recognition for his work as a national mental health advocate comes days after actor-comedian Robin Williams took his own life.
“One thing his passing proves is that mental health problems and substance abuse issues can affect anyone,” said Dicharry. “You can’t look at someone and know what they are dealing with, that they have a mental illness or they are suffering from a substance abuse problem.”
Dicharry embarked on a 12-step journey to regain control of his life after a manic episode in Los Angeles.
“I was psychotic, delusional,” he explained. “I ended up walking naked on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, was arrested and hospitalized.”
Currently, Dicharry works with more than 500 youths across the nation to reduce discrimination and raise awareness about mental health and other issues.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 15 million adult Americans experience clinical depression every year, which translates into more than 6 percent of the population of people over age 18.
Unfortunately, many people who are struggling with mental health issues will refuse to seek help for a variety of reasons, which could be painful and difficult for loved ones to deal with. However, Dr. Carol Olson, chair of the psychiatry department at Maricopa Medical Integrated Health Systems, said family members are not powerless.
“If they’ve been making statements or doing thing indicating they are at risk of killing themselves, there is a process for having a person evaluated on an involuntary basis,” she said.
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- A preseason guide to avoid holiday weight gain
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
- State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ has all the angles covered
- 4 important things to know about timeshare maintenance fees
- Signs of delayed car crash injuries
- The truth about sports concussions
- The Alzheimer's epidemic: Facts you need to know
- The season is here, keep your Fantasy Football team strong all season
- 8 TV shows you can't miss this fall
- Football is here: 6 tips to make this your best season ever
- Gameday recipes and beers to match
- 6 reasons the Cardinals are driven to win the Super Bowl
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America
- Six things causing a pain in your neck