OC87 Recovery Diaries produces and posts an original mental health video every month. The films we create cover what it’s like to live with many different diagnoses including schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, addiction, Asperger’s syndrome, and borderline personality disorder.
We’re always looking to other creators around the internet for inspiration as we seek to #buststigma about mental illness. This post is a round up of depression videos on YouTube that have us feeling educated, moved, and empowered to continue sharing mental health recovery stories. (more…)
I remember the day like it was yesterday. Glenn Holsten and I met in a coffee shop in Queens, NY. He invited me to meet with him that day to discuss me being part of a film for a website he works on called OC87 Recovery Diaries. (more…)
This is part two of a series on Mike Veny. Read and watch part one here.
I stumbled upon Mike Veny’s website — transformingstigma.com — while doing research for a story on mental health, and I was instantly drawn to his positive message of hope and action: transforming stigma into strength.
In his work, Mike shares a vulnerable side of himself to further his mission: preventing the loss of life due to suicide. For the record, Mike wrestles with many mental health challenges, and talks openly about his daily struggles with anger, depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. However, those diagnoses do not define Mike Veny. (more…)
This is part one of a two-part series. Here’s a link to part two where, through the magic of technology, Mike Veny interviews his own depression!
Mike Veny is an advocate who speaks boldly and truthfully about his journey and his mental health struggles. Mike Veny is an entrepreneur who makes a living inspiring others. Mike Veny is a drummer who breathes deep inside his spirit when he lives through his music.
Mike Veny is also a lifesaver. The first life he saved was his own. Now he’s making it his mission to use his life’s journey to help save others. Not only does he wrestle with his own set of mental health challenges, but he also wrestles with the idea of what it is to be a man with mental health challenges in today’s society. (more…)