Author: Greg Dicharry
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Greg Dicharry is the national youth empowerment director for Magellan Healthcare. Dicharry developed the MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment) program, one of the nation's leading programs for youth who experience mental health, substance abuse and/or foster care-related challenges. Dicharry was introduced to the world of mental health while living in Hollywood, living his dream of working in the entertainment industry. It was there he experienced his first manic episode while directing a music video, and was hospitalized and diagnosed with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders. In recognition of his work, Dicharry was awarded Mental Health America’s 2019 Clifford W. Beers Award for the outstanding work of a consumer who works to improve conditions for and attitudes toward people with mental illness; a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award for consumer/peer leadership; the 2013 Howie the Harp Award for Advocacy in the Arts; and a 2013 National Council Reintegration Award for mentorship. Dicharry earned his bachelor's degree in communication from Arizona State University and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP).