“The world would be a better place if everyone had a chance to hear and meet Mike Veny.”
Karen Pioli - Family Champions of the North Country
Let’s face it – the right speaker can make or break your event.
In my recovery, I’ve learned the importance of developing relationships that are the right fit for me. I hope this page will make it easy for you to make the decision as to whether or not I am the right fit for you and your event.
Whatever your decision is, thank you so much for visiting this page.
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What You Can Expect from Me
As my friend Jason Hatley, taught me, “clearing up expectations on the front end avoids problems on the back end.” Here is what you can expect from me:
- A speech that is customized to your audience and the goals of your event. You will have the opportunity to review an outline of the speech well in advance of the event.
- A prompt, prepared, energetic and engaging speaker.
- A search engine optimized article about your event on this website.
- A social media campaign around my participation in your event.
- Quick correspondence from myself or any members of my team.
Learn About Me
As someone who faced mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges as a child and was able to turn those challenges into strengths during my lifetime, I know how to speak to the real mental health issues of today. My speeches address the stigma attached to mental health issues, cover important facts about mental health and offer suggestions on how to overcome mental health challenges.
As a child, I was hospitalized in a psychiatric facility three times, was medicated and was also expelled from school three times. Today, I am no longer medicated, have no police record (except for parking tickets), and I have had a successful career in a tough industry (music).
My past experiences with mental health issues allow him me to fill my speeches with a dynamic blend of personal anecdotes, humor, facts and 100% heartfelt emotion.
I enjoy traveling around the country (especially Florida), to share my story and give people practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges in mental health.
Here are some video clips of me speaking on a variety of topics:
My Most Popular Topics
I speak on a variety of topics and the following are the ones people hire me to speak about the most:
- Overcoming Stigma – I offer simple and practical steps to empower others overcome the stigma surrounding mental health.
- Increasing Funding – When you overcome stigma and develop real relationships with businesses, you will increase funding for your organization over the long term.
- Friendship – The amount of real friends you have is strongly correlated with level or your mental health challenges.
- Success – Mental health challenges are sometimes your genius looking to express itself and can become your greatest asset.
It was hard to believe all the struggles that you have been through. It was awesome that you were “real” and shared about some moments in your life that were so difficult. It was hard to believe that his troubles and suicide attempts began at such a young age. Some people laughed when you said you slapped a nun as a child, but I don’t think when you were experiencing it, anyone was laughing.
You seem to come from a supportive, good family which is rare when you have a mental illness. I am lucky to have come from a supportive family myself. I thought it was awesome how your mother asked you what you wanted and put you in a performing arts high school. I am glad you found something that you love and can share your love of drumming with others so effectively. I liked the coconut water story and how you got to help someone through a crisis and at the same time show them the importance of supporting mental health. I am so impressed with what an awesome, well-rounded and inspiration you are to others. You definitely affected me!!
YOU ROCK MIKE!!
Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association Annual Conference
I know you saw hundreds of people at the conference, but you definitely had an impact on me. It was my first time at the Families Together in New York State Conference. I am from Wyoming County, about 4.5 hours from Albany. My fiance and I attended with my 8 year old son with whom we have struggled to understand for the last three years. Within the first 10 minutes of your speech, I was in tears watching the look on my sons face as you talked of your hospitalizations and anger as a child.
I could relate as a parent feeling so helpless when all I want is to do is help my child to lead a normal happy life. For the last year I have been the parent on the brink of making the call. I am scared to death to fail my child. We have been to doctors and specialists and I have pleaded and begged someone to listen to me. Feeling alone and back to square one after every failed attempt.
My sons diagnosis is currently PDD-NOS with ODD, and ADHD. My son struggles with daily tasks and on a daily basis tells me how he wants to murder me and I am an awful parent. He does not interact with children his age, he has no friends and is socially unable to build a bond with anyone. Currently, we are working with a psychiatrist with the hopes for a solution as to how to handle and direct him to a happier life. He loved the drums. He finds comfort in music and drawing.
Thank you for shedding some light and sharing your story. For 20 minutes I didn’t feel so alone.
Families Together New York State Annual Conference
When I heard your speech, I was in shock because my son is 16 and going threw almost the same thing that happened to you! He has been hospitalized 3 times in 3 years already. He has ADHD and is bipolar. I now know that my son is not alone. I’m still struggling, but i wont give up on him. I hope your speech helped my son to see that there is help out there and there are people who understand him.”
Families Together New York State Annual Conference