Labette Center for Mental Health will present it's 4th Annual Recovery Month Event "An Evening of Recovery" on Thursday September 8th, 2016!
Our Keynote speaker for this year's Recovery Month event in September "An Evening of Recovery" will be Mike Veny! Mike Veny will present his keynote speech, "Transforming Stigma". The event will be held on Thursday September 8th. Watch for more details to come on our annual Recovery Month Event!
Mike Veny, founder of TransformingStigma.Com, is a sought after mental health stigma expert, keynote speaker, and professional drummer. 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 and drumming skills to serve others. As a person who painfully struggles with mental health challenges every day, he is committed to transforming the stigma surrounding mental health.
Mike discovered his path as a speaker through convincing the staff at psychiatric hospitals to discharge him 3 times during his childhood. In addition to being hospitalized as a child, he was expelled from 3 schools, attempted suicide, and was medicated in attempts 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 sound when tapped on a desk. He had no idea that drumming would become his career or his path to recovery.
Today Mike is fiercely committed to the idea that transforming the stigma into strength starts with people taking an honest look at themselves. His core message is “Stigma starts with shame. Shame leads to silence. Silence leads to self-destructive behavior and suicide”.
For more information on Mike Veny, visit: http://www.transformingstigma.com/meet-mike-veny
Type of Event:
Education (townhall meeting, class, workshop, lecture or training for community and general public, policymakers, social service and criminal justice organizations, etc.)
Food (picnic, cook-off, dinner, luncheon, pot luck, tasting, etc.)