Jessica Henderson
16th Annual Jessica Henderson
Memorial Event

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Penfield High School Auditorium (View Map)
25 High School Drive, Penfield, NY 14526

Doors open at 6:00pm | Program begins at 7:00pm

Jessica Henderson lost her battle with bipolar disorder at the age of twenty-one.  In her honor, Jessica’s parents established a lecture series with help from the National Alliance on Mental Illness Rochester. Each year the program strives to offer hope to all people affected by mental illness, increase community awareness, and erase stigma.

Mike Veny
Featured Speaker: Mike Veny

NAMI Rochester is thrilled to welcome Mike Veny as the 2017 Jessica Henderson Event featured speaker. Mike Veny is one of America’s leading mental health speakers and a high-energy drum circle facilitator. He has delivered educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to audiences 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 Rochester’s own 2017 Reel Minds Film series.

Mike is fiercely committed to wellness, suicide prevention, and helping people work together more cohesively. Mike combines his lifetime as a person living with depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder with his experiences as a professional musician and an entrepreneur. What sets Mike apart from other speakers is his authenticity and his straightforward, easy-to-understand tools that audience members can apply immediately. With 15 years of experience electrifying audiences, Mike’s mission is to empower people to connect authentically. Mike provides audiences with a fresh new perspective surrounding mental health through his signature program, Transforming Stigma. Mike shares how to Transform shame through being proactive about taking care of one’s self physically, mentally, and socially. He talks about methods of Transforming silence through keeping the subject of mental health in everyday conversation and in schools. Mike explores Transforming self-destructive behavior (especially suicidal behavior) through consistently looking for teachable moments to help other people. If we’re lucky Mike will even “drum up” some excitement by engaging the audience in “banging out a beat”.

Mike’s perspectives have been featured on ABC, NBC, and CBS news. He is a regular guest on The Fresh Outlook TV news show, a writer for Corporate Wellness Magazine and Mental Illness is an Asset, his compelling TEDx talk has been used in college classrooms and has received sensational reviews.

The Jessica Henderson Spirit Award

The Jessica Henderson Spirit Award honors a person whose contributions have enhanced the lives of individuals with mental illness, their families, and their communities. Jessica is remembered for her enthusiasm and joy, her kindness and the high regard that she held for others. Jessica’s life was enriched by the arts.The Henderson committee considers these qualities during the Jessica Henderson Spirit Award recipient selection process.

NAMI Rochester is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Jessica Henderson Spirit Awards; the Wiktorski Family and Maeve Reed. In midst of dealing with their own tragedies the Wiktorski Family and Maeve Reed have found the courage to be sources of strength and hope for their communities. NAMI Rochester stands with the Wiktorski’s and Maeve Reed as they take action to raise awareness and remove the stigma from much needed conversations.

Silent Auction

We are excited to showcase the 3rd Annual Silent Auction at the 2017 Henderson Event. Auction items and descriptions will be available for bidding in the Penfield High School lobby at 6:00pm on the night of the Event. The auction bidding will close just prior to the auditorium doors opening for the event (approximately 6:45pm). Auction winners will be identified on the Winner’s Board posted outside of the auditorium immediately following Mike Veny’s presentation.