Youth at Risk & Children’s Mental Health Speaker

As a youth at risk and children’s mental health speaker, I wanted to take a moment to share with you a little bit about why I do what I do.

Here’s my track record as a child:

  • 3 extended psychiatric hospitalizations.
  • 3 expulsions from schools.
  • 1 suicide attempt.
  • Regular suspensions for behavior problems.
  • Regular trips to the emergency room for angry outbursts and suicidal tendencies.
  • Lots of visits with psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Lots of psychiatric medications.

Fortunately, life is good nowadays. I’m grateful that I have a successful career as a professional drummer and a speaker. I’m also grateful for my friends, family, and a fulfilling love life. Regardless of how well things are going for me now, I will never ever forget what it feels like to be a kid with mental health and behavioral health challenges.

There are many more kids growing up with similar struggles to me. This is why I believe that youth services are so important to the very fabric of our society.

As a speaker, I am truly inspired by people like, Josh Shipp and Jeff Yalden. I see my work as a guest motivational keynote speaker as an opportunity to help children, youth, and their families achieve one thing:


I firmly believe that the solution to real success with youth at risk and children who are struggling with mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges lies in taking a look at how we see the world.

Nowadays, aside from speaking, I facilitate interactive workshops and activities, including his Drum Up Your Feelings and Unleash Your Groove drumming program at youth events, schools, forums, symposiums, and conferences.

As a child, I was considered defiant. As an adult, I’m still defiant. One example of my defiance is the fact that he doesn’t celebrate holidays.

Regardless of my feelings about holidays, I make it a top priority to get involved in children’s mental events for children’s mental health awareness day, week, and month. In the future, I hope to help change laws to better serve our youth. This starts with supporting other organizations and programs in having access to more resources such as funding grants.

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