Leading Mental Health Speaker & High Energy Drum Circle Facilitator
Mike Veny is one of America’s leading mental health speakers and a high-energy drum circle facilitator. He delivers educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to meetings and conferences throughout the world. Read More >
TEDTalk: Mental Illness is an Asset
How I Address My Mental Health Issues
Interview with Depression
Drumming Breakout Session
ABC8: Quad Cities NAMI Candlelight Recovery Dinner
This is a compelling keynote presentation guaranteed to engage your audience.
As a variation on Transforming Stigma into Strength™, this energetic, entertaining, compelling and PG-13 program has been a source of MOTIVATION and SUICIDE PREVENTION for students throughout the world. It’s an abundance of simple and practical steps that at risk youth can take to transform self-destructive behavior – IMMEDIATELY. This program offers HOPE for students who are struggling with mental health challenges, behavioral health challenges, and self-destructive behavior.
Another variation on Transforming Stigma into Strength™, this program addresses the mental health challenges on college campuses. Students have to balance classes, professors, exams, papers, money, relationships, self-image, family, and the future, and lack of sleep. ANXIETY and DEPRESSION are some of the top concerns for college students. NOTE: There are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses per year. This program offers practical tools to help students succeed.
Designed for organizations, this variation on Transforming Stigma into Strength™ focuses exclusively on how to use the Transforming Stigma™ principles to raise more money and attract more volunteers to your cause. Attendees will learn about how to plan more effectively, develop consistent systems, how to cultivate mental health awareness event ideas, and attract corporate sponsors. Don’t miss this opportunity.
This program is designed exclusively for youth.
This program is designed exclusively as a leadership program for adults. Drumming creates a profound sense of energy with self and synergy others. That’s right, the simple act of having people gather in a circle and bang out a beat can be tremendously uniting, motivating, and downright FUN. Participants will learn simple music skills, rhythms, and how to work as a team. Read More >
Most importantly, everyone will learn rhythms by repeating INCLUSIVE phrases out loud, such as, “I Feel Happy When I’m With Friends!” By the end of this session, participants will be able to perform a complex percussion rhythm as a group, perform an original percussion composition, and feel a stronger bond with participants. Lots of music will be made with percussion instruments. Participants will experience smiles, laughter, and excitement through interactive games. Read Less ^
"I highly recommend Mike Veny as a motivational speaker and facilitator for events that promote team-building, health and well-being. The feedback we received was highly positive in terms of his ability to engage and inspire the students, and in fact, out of all the speakers, Mike received a standing ovation from the audience."
"Mike’s presentations are truly high-energy, inspiring and dynamic, which combine for a one of a kind experience. Conference attendees were totally enamored. His passion for wellness, music and life were contagious and served as the perfect complement to the research and clinical information disseminated by the other panelists. Mike received the highest marks of all the panelists in conference surveys. I highly encourage you to incorporate Mike at your upcoming event. I have no doubt that he will deliver a memorable presentation that your attendees will be raving about."
"Mr. Veny was nothing short of outstanding! It was clear from our very first conversation that he was invested in helping us to craft an event that would not only entertain but also educate others about a topic often very difficult for most people to discuss. He was engaging and has a unique gift of including his audience in a way that promotes healing through a shared experience."
"Mike Veny captivated each individual and used his drumming to pull them into a calming atmosphere with no worries or troubles. He promoted the kind of social interaction within the group that provided each person the freedom to emotionally express themselves without any stigma or stereotypes. If you want to experience something really different, I encourage you to invite Mike to your next event and allow him to heal your mind with the beat of a different drum."
"Mike Veny is a dynamic public speaker who comes prepared for whatever particular audience he addresses. His presentations have ranged from middle school health classes to a group of incarcerated women. Wherever he presents, Mike brings a clearly defined and organized performance, connecting with his listeners and offering practical demonstrations of how his own experiences can shed light into the lives of other people."
"Mike served as a kickoff keynoter for the entire conference and, as such, did a great job of getting our group of more than 500 participants energized, focused and inspired!"
"Mike’s ability to address an audience not only with his drums but with his story is incredible. His message is very heartfelt and genuine. He was a pleasure to work with, accommodating, flexible, professional and caring. The families and youth were moved and inspired by his powerful story and talent. If you are looking for someone to engage your audience and bring enthusiasm to your event, Mike Veny is that person!"
"Mike Veny is a talented and inspiring Hero of Hope for children, youth and their families. His story is without pretenses and that resonates strongly with people who care about mental health rights and issues. I highly recommend Mike for any of your future events."
"Not only was Mike’s presentation excellent, but he was also a delight to work with. I was impressed with his genuineness, ability to understand and engage our audience, enthusiasm, knowledge on a variety of subjects, and his willingness to visit and interact with attendees."