Active Minds Speaker
In his raw and transformational speeches, Greg unfolds his journey from living a typical childhood to battling depression, suicide attempts, and spending a year in a mental health treatment center. A story of personal recovery and healing, Greg faces unexpected external obstacles when he experiences the tragic loss of his favorite high school teacher by suicide, and then of one of his best college friends in a car accident.
The road to recovery began during his time at a mental health center as a teenager, where he had been sent when his mental health became life-threatening. There, Greg discovered the power of vulnerability, the importance of real relationships, and the act of admitting faults. While in the treatment center, he realized the opportunity he had to pursue a path of mental wellness.
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Greg graduated from The University of Arizona in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. During his time as a student, Greg spent nearly two and a half years writing and publishing a book. A self-help memoir, “The Battle Against Yourself,” was written with the mission to help students who are struggling to find hope, identity, and fulfillment.
Since publishing his story, Greg’s mission to help has expanded to college campuses and other groups across the country. In his engaging talks, Greg drives home the importance of seeking support and supporting those around us to do the same, the power of sharing our experiences, and the benefit of overcoming the fear that we are alone in these experiences.
Greg set his life towards reaching wide and deep to inspire spiritual, emotional, and mental growth among those he interacts with. Once walking through life feeling empty, Greg wants all audiences to understand that hope is possible. He understands first-hand what it’s like to lose all hope and not believe that life can get better. Through his relationships, experiences, mental wellness, and faith, Greg found hope and the motivation he needed to move forward. Even our greatest burdens can turn out to be blessings.
- Faculty/staff trainings
- Greek Life
- Men and mental health
- Recovery through creativity
- Suicide Prevention
- Workplace mental health
College often receives high praise such as, “It’s the best four years of your life.” The reality is that may or may not be true for each person. What does ring true for most students is that going to college is often the greatest time of transition they’ve experienced thus far. What comes with this transition is opportunity, excitement, and growth, but also stress, fear, and responsibility. Greg’s keynote shows how we can capitalize on transitional periods in our life by focusing on our mental wellness. Students will hear his raw personal story, from battling depression, suicidal ideations, and spending a year at a treatment center, to graduating from college and becoming a published author. The takeaways are transformational for students; how to help a friend in need, and how to maximize your own potential.
Greg travels from Sacramento, California.
“Greg was professional, confident and did an excellent job of addressing each of the audiences for the two speeches he gave. While telling his story, because it related to the students, he had their undivided attention. The overall experience for both parents and students was very positive.”
– Ian Petersen, Program Director, Heritage Residential Treatment Center
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