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.
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 prioritizing our mental health, seeking support and supporting those around us to do the same, and the power of sharing our 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.
Greg is from Southern California, though currently resides in Sacramento, CA. In addition to his authorship and work with Greek University, Greg is a speaker with Active Minds, which is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for mental health awareness and education among young adults. He is also a Board Member for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of California, where he is leading in strategy and communication with the youth community. In his spare time, Greg loves spending time outdoors, exploring new places, writing poetry, and supporting his favorite sports teams. Above all else, his favorite role is being a husband and good friend.