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Mike Veny Transform Stigma Into Strength

Nationally-Renowned Speaker and Professional Drummer Mike Veny to Address “Transform Stigma Into Strength”

Mike Veny

Mike Veny

Bethlehem, PA (5/7/2014) --  Mike Veny, a captivating and nationally-renowned speaker and professional drummer, speaks candidly on the stigma of mental illness.  He shares his own experiences struggling with mental illness and offers special insight into transforming his personal challenges into strengths.

Veny will provide many anecdotes of how he keeps mental illness and the stigma he works to dissolve every day to the Lehigh Valley at 7 – 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 29.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. The interactive presentation is presented by St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Behavioral Health Services and will be held at St. Luke’s Doctor’s Pavilion, 701 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, on the campus of St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem. 

“I have gone from being hospitalized, expelled from schools and suicidal as a child to being a successful professional drummer, speaker, and entrepreneur as an adult ... and I did it all through trial and error,” said Veny.“Since I struggled with mental health and behavior challenges as a child, still struggle with mental health challenges as an adult and serve those who struggle with mental health challenges, I speak from a diverse perspective.”

“Mike’s open, genuine and honest approach to keep mental illness in every day conversation to help remove people’s discomfort about discussing mental health issues openly,” said Virginia Wagner, Network Administrator, Senior Care/Behavioral Health of St. Luke's University Health Network.

The talk is open to the community and is free of charge. Registration is required and can be made online at or through St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (1-866-785-8537).

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Denise E. Rader
Director, Network Media Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network

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