Let’s face it – the right mental health speaker can make or break your event. My name is Mike Veny and my mission in life is to be a positive example of self care and make it easy for people to bond.
In my mental health recovery, I’ve learned the importance of developing relationships that are the right fit for me. I hope that browsing through this website will make it easy for you to make the decision as to whether or not I am the right fit as a speaker for you and your event.
After more than 10 years of coordinating conference speakers and keynoters, Mike was refreshingly easy to work with and flexible enough to structure his program to deliver exactly what we needed. I would recommend Mike as a keynoter to a wide variety of groups and situations. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!”
Carla H. Falkenstein
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
I have gone from being hospitalized, expelled from schools, and suicidal as a child to being a successful professional drummer, speaker, and entrepreneur as an adult … and I did it all through trial and error. During my presentations, I give audiences a unique insight and understanding of mental health challenges.
Since I struggled with mental health and behavior challenges as a child, still struggle with mental health challenges as an adult (my behavior is much better), and serve those who struggle with mental health challenges (including staff & leadership in organizations), I speak from a diverse perspective.
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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.
- A compelling, energetic, engaging, and relevant speaker.
- Quick correspondence from myself or any members of my team.
- Strive for Excellence – Excellence is in the details. I care about details.
- Nurture Healthy Relationships – I work hard to constantly grow our relationship and immediately resolve any conflict.
- Empower Everyone – I am committed to helping you learn and grow, with your vision of success.
Your Next Step
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