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Mike  Veny

Mike Veny

Leading Mental Health Speaker & High Energy Drum Circle Facilitator


Mike Veny is one of America’s leading mental health speaker and a high-energy drum circle facilitator. He's the author of the book Transforming Stigma™: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero. He delivers educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to meetings and conferences throughout the world. As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, Mike is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry. He starred in several OC87 Recovery Diaries documentary films, two of which were featured at the 2017 Reel Minds Film series. Read More >

Mike is fiercely committed to wellness, suicide prevention, and helping people work together more smoothly. From his own experience, Mike has learned the importance of listening to those struggling with mental health challenges. If you are looking for a proven speaker who can address the stigma surrounding mental health and deliver a corporate drumming event, then you have come to the right place.

With 15 years of experience electrifying audiences and making meeting planners look good, his mission is to empower people to connect authentically.

Mike’s path to becoming a public speaker became evident at an early age. He convinced the staff at psychiatric hospitals to discharge him three times during his childhood. In addition to being hospitalized as a child, he was expelled from 3 schools, attempted suicide, and was medicated in efforts to reduce his emotional instability and behavioral outbursts. By the fifth grade, Mike was put in a special education class. Aside from getting more individualized attention from the teacher, he learned that pencil erasers make a great sound when tapped on a desk. He had no idea that drumming would become his career or his path to recovery.

Similar benefits await when you hire Mike to take your event to the next level. What sets Mike apart from other speakers is his authenticity and his straightforward, easy-to-understand tools that audience members can apply immediately. It’s that simple!

You can feel confident having Mike as your keynote speaker or workshop facilitator. Over the years, his expertise has been honored with remarkable and notable accolades, including serving on the Board of Directors of The Fender Music Foundation, the Rotary Club of Wall Street New York, an Ambassador for Self Employment in the Arts, and a presenter at the Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp.

Mike’s perspectives have been featured on ABC, NBC, and CBS news. He was a former guest on The Fresh Outlook TV news show, a writer for Corporate Wellness Magazine and HealthCentral.com. Mental Illness is An Asset, his compelling TEDx talk, has been used in college classrooms and gotten sensational reviews.

Five things about him and his experience that might surprise and delight you – while serving your work together:

  1. He does not use Powerpoint or speak with notes in his presentations.
  2. He’s a member of the Rotary Club of Wall Street. Being a Rotarian has contributed to his happiness.
  3. He loves to travel and is obsessed with luggage, packing techniques, and travel checklists.
  4. He takes his morning routine very seriously.
  5. He enjoys a really good steak cooked medium rare.

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Speaker Videos

TEDx: Mental Illness is an Asset

Unleash Your Groove: Team Building

"A Real Man" with Mike Veny on Depression Recovery

Interview with Depression

Drumming Breakout Session

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

ABC8: Quad Cities NAMI Candlelight Recovery Dinner

Highlights Video

Speech Topics

Transforming Stigma into Strength™

This is a compelling keynote presentation guaranteed to engage your audience. 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health challenge during in the next year. The stigma surrounding the subject of mental health is the biggest barrier to people seeking treatment. Mike Veny shares his story about living with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He will then introduce The Stigma Cycle ™: “Stigma starts with shame. Shame leads to silence. Silence leads to self-destructive behavior and suicide.” The process repeats, and it becomes an endless, downward spiral. Attendees will learn practical tools on how to transform stigma into strength and empower people in their lives to get the help that they need.

Transforming Stigma in Youth™

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.

Transforming Stigma in College™

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.

Celebrating Success in Recovery™

Recovery is a never-ending journey for people with mental health and substance abuse challenges. Like any journey, recovery comes with challenges and obstacles. Based on his own experience with mental health challenges and addiction, Mike offers attendees an empowering framework for staying focused on their sobriety to achieve a new level of self-discovery.

Unleash Your Groove™

This program is designed exclusively as a leadership program for adults and youth. Participants will learn simple music skills, rhythms, and how to work as a team. 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 More >

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  • Belonging – Everyone has a yearning to belong to something. When you intentionally create an environment that facilitates belonging, it’s the first step to building trust among youth. They are empowered to do this through guidelines that teach them to RESPECT each other and embrace DIVERSITY.
  • Bonding – Once youth feel a sense of belonging, they become open to bonding with each other. As humans, we have a deep desire to bond with other people – we need to connect with others. They are empowered to do this through guidelines that teach them how to WORK TOGETHER and BE HONEST with one another.
  • Believing – Once youth genuinely bond with one another, they become open to believing – believing in themselves and something bigger than themselves. Believing leads to a profound sense of CONFIDENCE, SELF ESTEEM, MOTIVATION, & HEALTHY EXPRESSION.