APB’s Mike Veny Helping Fight Mental Health Stigma During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
29 Jul 2020
July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and with everything from the pandemic to the fight against racial injustice, many people are at the breaking point and experts say support is needed. APB speaker Mike Veny offers advice during this crucial time by sharing his own personal story. He had behavioral problems from a very young age, attempting suicide for the first time as a 10-year-old. He would later learn he was suffering from depression.
“I just wanted the pain to go away. A lot of times the people who are struggling just simply want the pain to go away. I had a solution,” Veny told CBS2. “Between seventh grade and 10th grade, three extended mental hospitalizations, suicide attempts, self harming, violent at home with my behavior. It was really difficult.”
A leading mental health speaker and teamwork facilitator whose messages address the diversity and inclusion of all, Veny continues to fight the stigma around mental health. The author of Transforming Stigma, he travels the country as an advocate and shares his inspiring story.