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Mike  Veny

Mike Veny

Leading Mental Health Speaker and Teamwork Facilitator Whose Messages Address the Diversity & Inclusion of All

Biography

Mike Veny loves working with leaders who are tired of bringing the same old textbook presentations on mental health or diversity and inclusion to their events. If you are looking for a compelling speaker who will connect with, entertain, and engage your audience—all while educating and uniting them around improving wellness—you’ve come to the right place. Read More >

Mike’s presentations move past simply educating an audience to providing them with actionable steps they can take to change their lives and work environments. His reputation as a dynamic speaker provides confidence and peace of mind for meeting planners everywhere.

Mike’s Story

Mike’s path to becoming a 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 three 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 great sounds when tapped on a desk. He had no idea that drumming would become his career or his path to recovery.

As an adult, Mike spent many years facilitating drum workshops for children with special needs, teaching them to channel their energy by banging a drum while also learning how to listen, focus, work together and succeed through teamwork. The project was such a hit that he continued to expand his drumming program, first to adults in recovery and eventually into the corporate setting.

A few things you may find of interest

  • His bestselling book Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero and The Transforming Stigma Workbook have become valuable mental health resources for people of all ages.
  • As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, he is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry for his work as a patient advocate.
  • He has presented for audiences in the corporate world, healthcare systems, K-12 education, professional development for teachers, colleges, and universities.
  • He has delivered keynote presentations for Heineken, T-Mobile, Aetna, Salesforce, Sanofi and CVS Health.
  • He is proud to be a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), National Diversity Council, Meeting Professionals International, the National Speakers Association and the Rotary Club of Wall Street New York.
  • Mike’s mission is to help others receive the gift of emotional wellness.
  • His presentations can be customized to fit the needs of your event and deliver the results you’re looking for.

What people think about Mike Veny

“Had the privilege and honor to listen to Mike Veny sharing his wisdom and experience concerning mental health. Mike, you are such a beacon of light for so many suffering in silence.” - Melanie Kiely, T-Mobile

“It’s remarkable we have these kinds of talks, webinars, and resources at Salesforce. It’s very inspiring to know we are supported and encouraged to approach these real challenges and issues.” - Salesforce employee

"Thank you for helping us set the tone for an important day and leaving the Merck team with an experience we’ll always remember." - Merck employee

“Mike, it was an honor for us to be in your company, you had such an impact. Thank you so much for helping us raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental health and how to combat it together.” - Cat Kennedy, Heineken USA

If you’re looking for an easy-to-work-with speaker who transforms a genuine and actionable message into a fun and unforgettable experience, Mike Veny is your choice. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: Mental Illness is an Asset

Virtual Presentation: Transforming Stigma

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

How to Find Inner Peace in Times of Uncertainty

There has never been a more important time in history to focus on your mental wellness. Finding inner peace is crucial to your health and safety. This important presentation will revitalize you. First and foremost, you will learn to shield yourself from stress. Next, you will learn to put your mind at ease and reduce your anxiety. Last but not least, you will learn to take advantage of golden opportunities to cope with loneliness and grief. Take advantage of this special opportunity to invest in your team. Read More >

After completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn why stress management must be prioritized and 3 amazingly simple techniques to handle stress in minutes
  • Learn 3 practical exercises to relieve anxiety and manage obsessive thinking
  • Learn 3 inspiring strategies to cope with loneliness and grief

CAS Learning Objectives:

  • Knowledge acquisition, construction, integration and application
  • Intrapersonal development
  • Interpersonal competence

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Transforming Stigma® into Strength

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. Read More >

Learning Outcomes

  • Through this engaging and entertaining keynote, attendees will learn practical tools to help:
  • Understand The Stigma Cycle™ and what prevents students from asking for help.
  • Understand how to replace shame through self-care.
  • Use conversation to transform silence.
  • Transform sabotage, social injustice, self-destructive behavior, and prevent suicide through connecting with others.

CAS Learning and Development Outcomes

  • Intrapersonal development
  • Humanitarianism and civic engagement
  • Practical competence

Presentation Details Read Less ^

  • 1-hour keynote presentation.
  • Includes the option to purchase a book and a workbook for each student.
  • Often used as part of an existing training or Active Minds programming.

Transforming Stigma® in the Workplace

This program is the best kept secret to improved PRODUCTIVITY and increased PROFITS. Employees will learn practical tools on how to transform stigma into strength and empower employees to get the help that they need. Read More >

Through this engaging and entertaining keynote your employees will learn how to cultivate a culture a self-care, engage in appropriate conversations about mental health and how to connect with the right support resources.

Learning Outcomes

  • Through this engaging and entertaining keynote, attendees will learn practical tools to help:
  • Understand The Stigma Cycle™ and what prevents students from asking for help.
  • Understand how to replace shame through self-care.
  • Use conversation to transform silence.
  • Transform sabotage, social injustice, self-destructive behavior, and prevent suicide through connecting with others.

CAS Learning and Development Outcomes

  • Intrapersonal development
  • Humanitarianism and civic engagement
  • Practical competence

Presentation Details Read Less ^

  • 1-hour keynote presentation.
  • Includes the option to purchase a book and a workbook for each student.
  • Often used as part of an existing training or Active Minds programming.

Transforming Stigma® in College

This popular keynote addresses the mental health challenges on college campuses and is guaranteed to engage your students. They 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. Read More >

There are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses per year and 1 in 5 students will experience a mental health challenge during the next year. The stigma surrounding the subject of mental health is the biggest barrier to students seeking treatment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Through this engaging and entertaining keynote, attendees will learn practical tools to help:
  • Understand The Stigma Cycle™ and what prevents students from asking for help.
  • Understand how to replace shame through self-care.
  • Use conversation to transform silence.
  • Transform sabotage, social injustice, self-destructive behavior, and prevent suicide through connecting with others.

CAS Learning and Development Outcomes

  • Intrapersonal development
  • Humanitarianism and civic engagement
  • Practical competence

Presentation Details Read Less ^

  • 1-hour keynote presentation.
  • Includes the option to purchase a book and a workbook for each student.
  • Often used as part of an existing training or Active Minds programming.

Transforming Stigma® in the Classroom

This educational, energetic, entertaining keynote has been a source of MOTIVATION and SUICIDE PREVENTION for teachers throughout the USA. It’s an abundance of simple and practical steps (with colorful examples) that teachers can take to transform self-destructive behavior – IMMEDIATELY. This presentation offers HOPE and TOOLS for teachers that work with students who are struggling with mental health challenges, behavioral health challenges, and self-destructive behavior. Read More >

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Through this engaging and entertaining keynote, attendees will learn practical tools to help:
  • Understand The Stigma Cycle™ and what prevents students from asking for help.
  • Understand how to replace shame through self-care.
  • Use conversation to transform silence.
  • Transform sabotage, social injustice, self-destructive behavior, and prevent suicide through connecting with others.

CAS Learning and Development Outcomes

  • Intrapersonal development
  • Humanitarianism and civic engagement
  • Practical competence

Presentation Details Read Less ^

  • 1-hour keynote presentation.
  • Includes the option to purchase a book and a workbook for each student.
  • Often used as part of an existing training or Active Minds programming.

Unleash Your Groove™

This program is designed exclusively as a DIVERSITY & INCLUSION program for professional development and team building. Attendees 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!” Read More >

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to perform a complex percussion rhythm as a group, perform an original percussion composition, and feel a stronger bond with each other. Lots of music will be made with percussion instruments. Participants will experience smiles, laughter, and excitement through interactive games!

Learning Outcomes:

Through this energetic and engaging workshop, students will learn practical tools to help empower:

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 community. They are empowered to do this through guidelines that teach them to RESPECT each other and embrace DIVERSITY.

Bonding – Once attendees 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. The participants are empowered to do this through guidelines that teach them how to WORK TOGETHER and BE HONEST with one another.

Believing – Once attendees genuinely bond with one another, they become a strong team that is open to believing – believing in themselves and something bigger than themselves. Believing leads to a profound sense of CONFIDENCE, SELF ESTEEM, MOTIVATION, & HEALTHY EXPRESSION.

CAS Learning and Development Outcomes:

  • Interpersonal competence
  • Humanitarianism and civic engagement
  • Practical competence

Workshop Details: Read Less ^

  • 1-3 hour interactive workshop.
  • Often used as part of existing training.
  • Every attendee gets a percussion instrument.