Mike Veny

Mike Veny, Patient Expert

Mike Veny is one of America’s leading mental health speakers and a high energy corporate drumming event facilitator. He delivers educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to meetings and conferences throughout the world. As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, Mike was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry. He starred in several OC87 Recovery Diaries documentary films. Check out his compelling TEDx talk, Mental Illness is An Asset.

Crushed Masculinity and the Agony of Depression

Credit: Thinkstock According to Merriam-Webster, the word “emasculation” is defined as “making a man feel less masculine” or “depriving a man of his strength and/or role.” When I first heard that word several years ago, during a session with my thera...
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9 Powerfully Effective Tips for Fighting Winter Depression

Credit: Thinkstock “Winter depression” typically manifests, as the name implies, during winter months. The symptoms usually begin in late autumn and become more severe as winter sets in. Also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), winter depress...
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How to Use a Gratitude Journal for Depression

Credit: Thinkstock To cope with your depression and live the best life possible, you need to have as many tools at your disposal as you possibly can. The tools that you choose to keep in your toolbox should be easy to use and work fast. Writing in a ...
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Beat Back to School Stress

Credit: Thinkstock “Ba de ya - say do you remember Ba de ya - dancing in September Ba de ya - never was a cloudy day” September by Earth, Wind & Fire Listening to the song “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire can be a very uplifting experience (...
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Powerful Lessons That Your Depression Can Teach You

triumph “Sometimes the most difficult, horrific things can be the greatest spiritual teachers.” -Cameron Mathison When I started therapy in 2011, I just wanted the pain to go away. I was determined to figure things out so I could feel better. My life ...
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What the Experts Say About Meditation for Anxiety

As my mind was racing and my heart was hammering, I knew something was wrong. Standing on a New York City sidewalk that I walked down every day, I found myself confused and disoriented. It felt very overwhelming and seemed to get worse by the minute. ...
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Depression or Just Low Self-Esteem?

Credit: Thinkstock It seemed like the perfect morning. The weather was beautiful as I walked home from the gym. I had just completed an intense workout and felt amazing. As the endorphins rushed through me, I walked with a feeling of confidence. One ...
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