TransformingStigma.Com/book-mike-veny Mike Veny is a sought after motivational and inspirational mental illness speaker. He delivers entertaining, engaging, and educational experiences to conferences and events throughout the world.

After suffering from a devastating mental health breakdown in August of 2011, Mike made the decision to use his speaking skills to serve others. As a person who painfully struggles with mental illness every day, he is committed to transforming the stigma surrounding mental illness into strength. In this video, Mike was the keynote speaker at the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Dutchess County's 2014 Annual Luncheon.

Today Mike is fiercely committed to the idea transforming the stigma into strength starts with people taking an honest look at themselves. His essential message is “Stigma starts with shame. Shame leads to silence. Silence leads to self-destructive behavior and suicide.”

Mike lives in New York City and speaks about workplace, corporate, elementary school, middle school, high school, college, campus, youth, and children's mental illness throughout the world. He is a proud member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), Global Speakers Federation (GSF), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and Toastmasters International.

He's a big believer is self advocacy, particularly in the area of mental illness. As a presenter at children's events, he hopes to have a positive impact on youth at risk. Mike has a great respect for psychology, psychiatry, and social work.

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