So-Called Normal by Mark Henick (Free Download)

So-Called Normal by Mark Henick (Free Download)
So-Called Normal by Mark Henick (Free Download)

So-Called Normal : A Memoir of Family (Free Download), Depression and Resilience by Mark Henick, A vital and triumphant story of perseverance and recovery by one of Canada’s foremost advocates for mental health.

When Mark Henick was a teenager in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, he was overwhelmed by depression and anxiety that led to a series of increasingly dangerous suicide attempts. One night, he climbed onto a bridge over an overpass and stood in the wind, clinging to a girder. Someone shouted, “Jump, you coward!” Another man, a stranger in a brown coat, talked to him quietly, calmly and with deep empathy. Just as Henick’s feet touched open air, the man in the brown coat encircled his chest and pulled him to safety. This near-death experience changed Henick’s life forever.

So-Called Normal is Henick’s memoir about growing up in a broken home and the events that led to that fateful night on the bridge. It is a vivid and personal account of the mental health challenges he experienced in childhood and his subsequent journey toward healing and recovery.

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“Mark Henick helped save my life one night. This book might save yours.”–Warren Kinsella, author of Web of Hate: Inside Canada’s Far Right Network.

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About Mark Henick

Informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system, Mark Henick dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change.

Mark is the principal and CEO of Strategic Mental Health Solutions, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations and individuals to move strategically from basic mental health awareness toward meaningful, measurable action.

He has previously served as the youngest president of a provincial Canadian Mental Health Association division in history, the youngest member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and a national spokesperson for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign. He has worked as a front line mental health counsellor, and the manager of a national workplace mental health training program. Prior to his present role, Mark oversaw the Fund Development and Marketing & Communications portfolios for the Canadian Mental Health Association as National Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Mark holds a Master of Science in child development, a Bachelor of Arts with interdisciplinary honours focusing on psychology and philosophy, and certificates in trauma counselling, suicide intervention, mental health first aid, and knowledge exchange.

Today, Mark is sought after public speaker and active media commentator on issues related to mental illness and mental health.

So-Called Normal details

  •  Paperback | 304 pages
  •  152 x 229 x 19mm | 336g
  •  04 Feb 2021
  •  HarperCollins (Canada) Ltd
  •  Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
  •  English
  •  1443455032
  •  9781443455039

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