Are you looking for someone to inform and encourage your audience about issues of mental health. childhood victimization or self help? Award winning mental health advocate Michael Skinner can breathe inspiration into your next event.
Using humor and compassion, Michael takes his listeners on a journey from child victimization through the mental health, legal and medical systems to his current career as a successful musician and award winning speaker.
Michael offers trauma survivors hope, insight and motivation. He gives professionals a rare opportunity to learn about their system from the inside out. to see what helps trauma survivors-and what doesn’t.
Call Michael today to discuss how he can contribute to the success of your next event.
Mike draws on his years as a professional musician to connect with people of all ages.
Michael speaks to a wide variety of audiences, including mental health, medical and law enforcement professionalS, survivors of trauma and abuse, university students, educators. child protection advocates, legislators and judicial professionals.
Michael speaks in a positive, upbeat manner about issues of mental health, trauma, child exploitation, peer support and self help, His personal experience as a survivor of severe trauma, a father, a mental health client and advocate and professional musician provides a broad background from which to connect with his audience. He can tailor his talk to your audience and objectives.
Michael’s passion is to educate his listeners about child abuse and human trafficking, to reduce the stigma of mental illness and to motivate people to change their lives and the lives of others.
“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.”
Awards and Recognition
2007, 2003- 2005 ASCAPLUS Awards from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
2004 Make A Difference Award, R.EAC.H. (Rape, Education. Advocacy, & Crisis Hot Line) of Maine
2002 Speaker at National Press Club event unveiling the International Humanitarian campaign Against the Exploitation of Children’s report on global human trafficking
2000 President’s Award National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Hampshire
1996 Volunteer of the Year. Manchester (NH) Mental Health Center
What People Are Saying About Michael Skinner
“Michael Skinner has an extraordinary ability to convey his experiences as a child victim of unthinkable abuse … However. the most compelling aspect of Michael’s story is the message of hope and strength he shares… He is a riveting speaker.” Linda Paquette, Acting Director State of NH Division of Behavioral Health
“His courage to tell his story to help other victims is inspiring… This story will bring tears to your eyes. but they will be opened!” Christine Dolan. Global Coalition to end Human Trafficking NOW
“Without you, this conference would not have been as successful as it was.” Kristen Price. NewHope Healing Institute Indianapolis. IN
“You made New Hampshire a better place for people with mental illness” Rick Sherman, President NAMI-NH