Stigma of mental health issues is topic of EC presentation

Mike Veny

The stigma surrounding mental health issues is the topic of a presentation at Eureka College April 21. Mike Veny, founder of TransformingStigma.com, will speak about “Transforming Stigma into Strength” at 7:30 p.m. in the Cerf Center.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door or by calling (309) 467‐6420.

After suffering a mental health breakdown in August 2011, Veny, who is a professional drummer, decided to use his speaking and drumming skills to transform the stigma surrounding mental health issues. His presentation explores how his anger, depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder launched his successful music career.

“Stigma starts with shame,” Veny said. “Shame leads to silence, and silence leads to self-destructive behavior and even suicide.”

Veny’s presentations are described as being a fresh way of looking at stigma and having a child‐like playfulness and ninja‐like focus.

“Mike Veny passionately tells everyone about his issues and hits stuff,” according to his website.

The New York native attended the Long Island High School for the Arts after being expelled from three schools. He has spoken at mental health conferences and events throughout the world.