Introducing Health Central's New Mental Health Social Ambassador

Patient Expert

Dear Health Central reader:

My name is Mike Veny and I am super excited to be a new mental health Social Ambassador and writer for Health Central. The subject of mental health is becoming increasingly important, and people are looking for real answers to their questions.

The World Health Organization says, “depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected.” If people aren’t getting the help they need, mental illness could soon become a global epidemic.

In my work as a mental health awareness speaker, I share my story to help other people like me, as well as their loved ones. In my youth, I was hospitalized three times in psychiatric facilities. Getting an education was difficult because my behavior got me expelled from three schools. Even with all the medication I took, my emotional instability, behavioral outbursts, and suicide attempts continued.

Now, I am doing much better. As a person who lives with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, I know how difficult it is to live with a mental illness. When I have difficult days, all I want is to find simple solutions to help make things better...even just a little bit better.

Throughout my recovery journey, I have looked to others who have had similar struggles. They have inspired, mentored, and encouraged me. I decided to join the team at Health Central to try to help you.

I hope to use my personal history and experience as a mental health blogger to share practical tips and solutions with you. Whether you live with a mental illness, love someone who lives with a mental illness, are curious to learn more about mental health, or experience stress every so often, you have come to a great online community.

One of the best parts of the Health Central community is the stories. Facts and figures are necessary for knowledge, but stories touch your heart. When your heart is touched, you can begin to find hope. In fact, hope may just be the most valuable health resource that we have.

Live BOLD, Live NOW Mike Veny P.S. While you’re at it, check out the Mental Health on Health Central Facebook page.