Dave Rooney Speaker

As someone who has grappled with anxiety for over three decades, I find it crucial to bring a personal touch to the discussions. My journey has been marked by the ebb and flow of anxiety, each phase shaping my understanding of this complex mental health challenge.

Sharing my experiences is not just about recounting a timeline but offering a genuine connection. It's about acknowledging the raw emotions, the highs, and lows, and the transformative moments that have defined my relationship with anxiety. Through my talks, I aim to convey the authentic nuances of this journey, not just the triumphs but the struggles and setbacks that have been equally integral.

When I discuss the importance of talking, it's not a theoretical concept; it's a reflection of the solace I've found in opening up about my fears, doubts, and moments of vulnerability. I speak from the heart about the power of validation, the relief that comes with being understood, and the profound impact that a supportive conversation can have on one's mental state.

In addressing triggers of anxiety or the significance of movement, sleep, and diet, I draw from my personal insights. These are not just topics for discussion but aspects of my life that have played pivotal roles in managing anxiety. I narrate not as an expert dictating solutions but as someone who has navigated the complexities, offering a relatable perspective and practical wisdom gained from lived experiences.

Talking about the insular nature of our digital age, I express concerns not as abstract observations but as reflections on how our evolving relationship with technology has impacted my own journey with anxiety. I share how my perspective on digital connectivity and its potential drawbacks has evolved over time.

In narrating the importance of positive thinking or the transformative power of Transcendental Meditation, I offer insights not as theoretical concepts but as tools that have personally influenced my mindset and contributed to my resilience. In essence, narrating as me is about more than sharing information. It's about creating a space for genuine connection, empathy, and understanding. It's about letting individuals into the personal realm of my experiences, with the hope that my journey becomes a source of inspiration, comfort, and practical guidance for those on their own paths to overcoming anxiety.

Dave Rooney Speaker

Driven by a genuine desire to uplift others, my mission is to draw from a three-decade-long battle with anxiety to illuminate the way to mental freedom.

By sharing personal perspectives and proven methods, I strive to instill a sense of hope, empowerment, and the unwavering belief that a life beyond anxiety is not only possible but achievable.

Speaking Topics

What Is Anxiety?

In my talks on "What is Anxiety?" I delve into the intricacies of this mental health challenge, drawing from my own journey. I emphasize the importance of recognizing anxiety as a multifaceted experience that encompasses both emotional and physical dimensions. By providing a firsthand account, I aim to demystify anxiety, fostering understanding and empathy while paving the way for practical strategies to control and manage its overwhelming effects. Ultimately, the goal is to impart hope and illuminate the possibility of breaking free from the mental prison of anxiety, offering a roadmap to a life marked by resilience, empowerment, and lasting calm.

The Importance of Movement

Regular movement and exercise act as a natural antidote to the physical manifestations of anxiety, such as tension, restlessness, and heightened adrenaline levels. Beyond the physiological benefits, engaging in physical activity provides a much-needed break from the relentless mental chatter that often accompanies anxiety. It serves as a form of meditation in motion, allowing individuals to ground themselves in the present moment and break free from the cycle of anxious thoughts.


In my talks on "The Importance of Sleep," I aim to dispel the misconception that sleep is a luxury rather than a necessity. I delve into the interconnectedness of sleep and mental health, offering practical insights on cultivating healthy sleep habits. By emphasizing the transformative power of a good night's sleep in restoring emotional equilibrium, I encourage individuals to prioritize and optimize their sleep routines as an integral part of their journey towards overcoming anxiety. Through a combination of personal anecdotes and evidence-based information, my goal is to empower listeners to recognize the significance of sleep as a foundational element in their quest for lasting calm and mental well-being.


I delve into the intricate relationship between diet and mood, highlighting how the foods we consume can influence neurotransmitter levels and, consequently, our emotional state. Emphasizing the significance of maintaining a proper pH balance and understanding the nuances of protein versus carbohydrates, I aim to empower individuals to make informed dietary choices that support mental health.


I delve into the physiological aspects of dehydration, explaining how even mild dehydration can adversely affect mood, concentration, and energy levels. From my perspective, staying well-hydrated is not just a basic biological need but a foundational element in maintaining a resilient and balanced mind.

The Power of Positive Thinking

From my perspective, positive thinking involves reframing negative thoughts, cultivating gratitude, and fostering a proactive mindset. I explore how adopting a positive outlook can influence emotional well-being, stress resilience, and overall mental health. By providing practical strategies and real-life examples, I aim to empower individuals to harness the power of their thoughts in cultivating a more optimistic and hopeful approach to life.

Transcendental Meditation

In discussions on Transcendental Meditation, I explore the transformative practice of this unique meditation technique, drawing from my own experiences and understanding. Transcendental Meditation, often referred to as TM, involves the use of a silent mantra to promote a state of deep relaxation and transcendent awareness. From my perspective, this form of meditation goes beyond relaxation; it serves as a powerful tool for accessing a profound state of inner calm and clarity.


I aim to provide insights into the psychological and physiological responses triggered by these specific situations. By understanding the roots of anxiety triggers, individuals can begin to navigate and manage their responses more effectively. I emphasize that acknowledging these triggers is a crucial step in the journey toward anxiety management, enabling individuals to develop coping strategies and, over time, desensitize themselves to these stressors

Digital Addiction

Through discussions on talking and interacting in the digital age, I aim to raise awareness about the potential pitfalls of excessive screen time and encourage individuals to strike a balance between the virtual and physical realms. I explore the importance of fostering authentic connections, face-to-face communication, and being present in the moment to counteract the insular tendencies facilitated by our digital devices. My goal is to inspire reflection on our digital habits and their impact on our social lives, encouraging individuals to cultivate a healthy relationship with technology that enhances, rather than diminishes, the quality of our human connections.

The Importance of Talking

In opening up about my anxieties, I discovered the power of validation and understanding. Expressing my fears out loud not only lessened their intensity but also connected me with others who could empathize with my experiences. This sense of shared understanding has been a comforting reminder that I am not alone in my struggles. Breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health has been a personal mission in my journey. I believe that embracing the importance of talking about anxiety contributes to creating a more supportive and understanding environment. Through my perspective, I encourage others to recognize the strength in vulnerability, as it fosters connection, resilience, and ultimately aids in combatting anxiety more effectively.

Why Book Dave?

As a speaker, my aim is to offer a source of support, understanding, and practical guidance for individuals grappling with anxiety. When I speak, it's not just about sharing information; it's about making a meaningful impact on the lives of those who may be navigating similar challenges. Here's how my talking helps people:

Create a Connection

When I speak, I open up about my personal journey with anxiety. I share the highs and lows, the moments of triumph, and the setbacks. This vulnerability creates a connection with the audience, letting them know that they are not alone in their struggles. The act of sharing becomes a bridge that connects us, fostering a sense of understanding and empathy.

Offering Validation

One of the most powerful aspects of my talks is the validation it provides. By expressing my own experiences, I acknowledge the validity of the emotions and challenges that individuals with anxiety face. This validation is crucial in breaking down feelings of isolation and self-doubt, letting listeners know that what they are going through is real and worthy of acknowledgment.

Inspiring Hope

Through my narrative, I weave a story of resilience and hope. By sharing how I've navigated and managed anxiety over the years, I aim to inspire hope in those who may be in the midst of their own struggles. I want them to see that it's possible to move beyond anxiety, that improvement and recovery are achievable, and that they too can embark on a journey towards lasting well-being."

Providing Practical Insights

In addition to sharing my personal experiences, I offer practical insights and strategies that have been instrumental in my own anxiety management. Whether it's coping mechanisms, mindfulness practices, or lifestyle adjustments, my goal is to provide tangible tools that individuals can incorporate into their lives. These practical insights empower them to take proactive steps in managing their anxiety.

Breaking Stigmas and

Encouraging Conversations

By openly discussing anxiety, I contribute to breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. I encourage individuals to engage in conversations about their own experiences and seek help when needed. This not only normalizes discussions around mental health but also creates a culture of understanding and support.

Fostering a Sense of Community

My talks aim to create a sense of community among individuals facing anxiety. By sharing our stories and experiences, we collectively build a supportive network. This sense of community becomes a source of strength, reminding individuals that they are part of something larger and that there are others who understand and care.

In essence, my role as a speaker is not just to convey information but to be a guide, a companion on the journey toward mental well-being. Through authentic storytelling, validation, practical insights, and the fostering of community, my talks are a catalyst for positive change in the lives of those dealing with anxiety.

David Anthony Rooney

David Anthony Rooney is an award-winning singer/songwriter hailing from Dublin, Ireland. He has spent the last decade captivating audiences in Las Vegas with his nightly residency at the Mandalay Bay Resort on the iconic Las Vegas Strip.  

Rooney is also the co-star of his documentary, An Irish Story: This Is My Home, chronicling his band The Black Donnelly’s as they embarked on a record-breaking journey performing sixty shows in all fifty U.S. states in just forty days. The film is a compelling exploration of the American Dream from an Irish immigrant's perspective and has garnered millions of views on various streaming platforms.  

A multifaceted artist, Rooney is an Emmy Award™-winning and Guinness World Record™-breaking musician. He was voted Best Irish Singer/Songwriter of the Year and has also received the esteemed Beloit International Film Festival's People's Choice Award.  

Beyond his musical and filmmaking, Rooney is a passionate advocate for mental health. His highly anticipated book, Journey Through Anxiety: A Troubadour’s Tale, is a deeply personal account reflecting his resilience and triumph over a thirty year struggle with anxiety.  

Known for his genuine, honest, and humorous approach, David Anthony Rooney stands as a respected musician, speaker, and author, continuing to wow global audiences with his exceptional vocal talent and infectious songwriting since the mid-Nineties.  


Ceol Eireann (Music Ireland)

Appointed Ambassador to the United States

Representing the nurturing and fostering of Irish Music and Irish Artists Globally


National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Emmy Award

Outstanding Achievement Documentary

An Irish Story: This Is My Home


Beloit International Film Festival

People's Choice Award


National Independent Film Association

National Independent Film Award

Music Legend


Guinness World Record Breaker

Longest Concert

372 hours


Powers Irish Coffee Making World Championships

Placed 2nd


Radio Irish NYC

Best Irish Singer/Songwriter of the Year


Certificate in Exercise and Fitness

University of Limerick



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“ Dave had us thinking, he had us talking, he had us loving the people around us. It was a slam Dunk for our conference and I would have no hesitation in recommending Dave Rooney for any conference, anywhere!”

John Vandenburg



Performances as a musician have spread over 30 countries and venues and include

The Point Depot Dublin (O2)

The Marquis and Cork Opera House

Paddyfest 2019 - Headliner

Various Irish Festivals across the United States

Published Author

Journey Through Anxiety:

A Troubadour's Tale

In Journey Through Anxiety: A Troubadour's Tale, the author, David Anthony Rooney, takes us on a powerful personal odyssey. This gripping story chronicles the author’s lifelong battle with anxiety, a struggle that remained hidden behind the curtains of a successful music career. From the early manifestations of anxiety to how it became intertwined with his life choices, we witness the relentless grip of this condition.

David delves into the contemporary chaos of society and its contribution to the rise of anxiety, shedding light on our digital addiction and the loss of genuine human connection. He emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing the triggers of anxiety and taking control of our lives.

This narrative shares pivotal moments, from inhaling solvents to the discovery of self-destructive behaviors, all influenced by the emotional scars left from growing up in working-class Dublin, Ireland in the Eighties. David’s story is a testament to resilience, illustrating how he emerged from the darkest depths of anxiety.

Through personal reflections, the author imparts valuable life lessons. He reminds us that we have the power to challenge our fears, to make choices that serve our wellbeing, and to reclaim our lives. His story is a poignant reminder that no matter how insurmountable anxiety may seem there is always hope, healing, and transformation.

Journey Through Anxiety is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity, delivered through the author’s own compelling perspective. It is a must-read for those seeking strength and resilience in their own lives.


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