Throughout our lives we all want to become part of the group, and stigma can arise from factors as innocent as your brand of sneakers.
- Mike Veny
He Started Thinking About Stigma Early
Mike Veny’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 drumming sound when tapped on a desk.
He had no idea that real drumming would become his career as well as his path to recovery for his many troubling experiences with mental health stigma. His interesting perspectives help others understand the need for improved conversations about mind health and recovery.
His Current Mission With Stigma
Mike Veny is both a leading mental health speaker and a high energy drum circle facilitator. He delivers educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to meetings and conferences throughout the world - with an emphasis on translating thought into action.
Mike is fiercely committed to wellness, suicide prevention, and helping people work together more smoothly. With 15 years of experience, his mission is to empower people to connect authentically wherever they work or live, from schools to corporate groupings.
Mike’s perspectives have been featured on ABC, NBC, and CBS news.
He’s a regular guest on The Fresh Outlook TV news show,
a writer for Corporate Wellness Magazine
Mental Illness is An Asset
His compelling TEDx presentation has been used in college classrooms with excellent reviews.
Mike Veny: Here At CBJ/086
I take drumming into my mental health presentations [spp-timestamp time="3:32"]
I bring people together through a drumming process [spp-timestamp time="4:49"]
I do have some "issues" from childhood [spp-timestamp time="9:27"]
"You never fail until you stop trying" [spp-timestamp time="16:49"]
Stigma arises from labels and a sense of shame [spp-timestamp time="25:26"]
We just don't want to be weird [spp-timestamp time="2829"]
Once I got comfortable talking about myself my life changed [spp-timestamp time="36:34"]
What you can and cannot talk about [spp-timestamp time="38:30"]
In truth, every interviewer here at CBJ addresses the importance of underlying, overlooked factors that lead to stigma and labels. Inadequate diagnosis, those reductionistic labels, create treatment failure and open up the ignorance of blame. These several guests clearly focus on correcting that specific perspective. Get with it, get the details.
Until next time, thanks so much for joining us here at CBJ again. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.
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Special thanks to Mike for joining me this week. I look forward to our next travels together.
Next CoreBrain Journal Guest
087 - Chip Fisher, New York, New York, President and CEO of Fisher Wallace Laboratories, manufacturers of the Fisher Wallace Stimulator, a non-invasive home use medical device which treats depression, anxiety, and insomnia, as well as different forms of chronic pain, using a mild form of electrotherapy. Chip brings an additional peer-reviewed, FDA approved technology for a variety of refractory conditions. I can tell you without hesitation his Fisher Wallace device has worked surprisingly well for patients wth dramatic treatment failure on a variety of medications and intervention strategies - and is definitely imperative for your review.
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