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Campaign Kick-Off featuring Mike Veny

Be part of this important community conversation on mental health.

CLICK HERE to RSVP for this important community event. 


WHEN: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Doors open at 5 p.m.  |  Program begins at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Central York High School, 601 Mundis Mill Road, York, PA 17406

WHAT: United Way brings leading mental health speaker Mike Veny as the keynote speaker, along with a panel of local experts in mental health, to discuss needs and solutions for our community as part of our 2018 United Way of York County Campaign Kick-Off.

We've read the headlines and heard the stories of the challenges we face in our community related to mental health. But did you know:

  • One in FIVE adults and children experiences mental illness in a given year
  • York County has some of the lowest patient to provider ratios for mental health professionals in the state of Pennsylvania, which can limit access to health services
  • Nonprofits are filling the gap to meet the need in our community, but challenges remain

We're inviting you to be a part of this important community conversation as to how we can improve the lives and health of every resident in York County, together building a stronger, caring community.


Who is Mike Veny?

Mike Veny is one of America’s leading mental health speaker and a high-energy drum circle facilitator. He's the author of the book Transforming Stigma™: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero. He delivers educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to meetings and conferences throughout the world.

As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, Mike is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry. He starred in several OC87 Recovery Diaries documentary films, two of which were featured at the 2017 Reel Minds Film series. Mike is fiercely committed to wellness, suicide prevention, and helping people work together more smoothly.

With 15 years of experience electrifying audiences, his mission is to empower people to connect authentically. Mike’s path to becoming a public speaker became evident at an early age. He convinced the staff at psychiatric hospitals to discharge him three times during his childhood. In addition to being hospitalized as a child, he was expelled from 3 schools, attempted suicide, and was medicated in efforts to reduce his emotional instability and behavioral outbursts. By the fifth grade, Mike was put in a special education class. He had no idea that drumming would become his career or his path to recovery.

What sets Mike apart from other speakers is his authenticity and his straightforward, easy-to-understand tools that audience members can apply immediately.


Stay tuned for additional details about our panel of local speakers!