Mental Illness in the United States: Gary Larcenaire's Advocacy on Patient Care

Sat Apr 6, 2013 3:24pm EDT

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  SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Apr 06 (Marketwired) -- 
Research on psychiatric epidemiology shows that mental disorders affect
tens of millions of people each year in the US alone. Advocates such as
Gary Larcenaire of Valley Mental Health have advocated an increase in
research funds to be invested into understanding mental health,
identifying potential biological drivers of mental health disorders, and
possible therapeutic options. Additionally, there is an increased need to
developing better education programs on how families of mental health
disorder patients should better aid their love ones' needs. Gary
Larcenaire is a renowned advocate for mental health awareness. Larcenaire
was first drawn to advocating for patients of mental health following his
personal experience with schizophrenia. Larcenaire's brother was
diagnosed with schizophrenia before he was 20 years old. 

    Larecenaire worked closely with mental health experts and researchers to
help develop a unique support curriculum to aid families in dealing with
understanding the mental illness and to develop an environment that is
beneficial for the patient. Studies find that families in which members
are hostile, critical or overly involved actually result in a negative
environment that may actually result in patient relapse. 

    About Gary Larcenaire: 
 Gary Larcenaire graduated West Wood high school
in Williamson County, Texas. He then attended Angelo State University,
acquiring a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1990. By 1994, Larcenaire
completed a Master's of Public Administration and was inducted into the
Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society. Larcenaire's first job was as a Care Manager
and advocate for persons with Bi Polar, with an emphasis with patients
with depression and schizophrenia. Larcenaire's work with mental health
researchers, clinicians and families has earned Larcenaire the
Humanitarian of the Year award in 2011. His efforts have increased our
understanding of mental illnesses in the United States and improving
patient treatment options. Larcenaire has been a champion advocate for
mental illness and we are incredibly thankful for all of his efforts. 


John Rhodes 

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