Mark Henick dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change.

Now he regularly speaks to diverse audiences about mental health, mental illness, suicide, advocacy, recovery, and hope. Mark’s TEDx talk on suicide is among the most watched in the world.

His keynotes, panels, workshops, and media appearances aim to break the stigma that prevents people from speaking openly about their mental health. Mark believes that freedom is found in overcoming the barriers that stigma, disempowerment, and disconnection build. Mark has seen countless times, personally and professionally, that each and every person has the potential to unlock their most true and hopeful self regardless of how dark it may seem.

Book Mark Henick to tell his powerful story at your next event.

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About

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.

He has 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 as the manager of a national workplace mental health training program. He is currently the National Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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

Today, Mark is an in-demand public speaker and active media commentator on issues related to mental illness and mental health.

Mark has appeared in more than a hundred television segments, and countless more radio, print, and online features about mental health. His work has frequently appeared across Canada by media such as CTV National News, Entertainment Tonight, and The Globe and Mail; in the United States by CNN, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Daily News; and in the UK by The Independent, The Daily Mail, and The Sun. He has also appeared around the world in, AsiaOne (Singapore), Trud (Bulgaria), The Epoch Times (China), Reader’s Digest, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post, among many others.

Mark’s TEDx talk, Why We Choose Suicide, is among the most watched in the world with over 4 million views. His story of searching for “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life from a teenage suicide attempt went viral around world. When Mark learned of products being sold on Amazon that promoted suicide, his successful online petition to have them removed garnered tens of thousands of signatures and again gained global media attention. The worldwide rights to Mark’s first book have been acquired by HarperCollins, with an anticipated release in early 2019.

Mark brings a diverse and unique perspective of someone who has been a patient, a professional, and a policy influencer in the mental health system. He lives with his family in Toronto, Canada.

Become a part of the movement. Book Mark Henick to speak with your audience today!

Booking

Mark Henick is available to speak and consult on mental health, mental illness, and recovery for a variety of events and media. Mark’s speaking requests are managed in Canada by the National Speakers Bureau and Speakers’ Spotlight. He is also represented internationally by the Global Speakers Agency and Speakers Corner. His literary agency is Seventh Avenue.

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What People are Saying

Mark Henick speaks to diverse audiences including conferences, schools, workplaces, and community groups. His videos, media appearances, and writing have been seen by millions. Here’s a small sample of what they’ve been saying.

“I applaud Mark for speaking up for those of us who can’t.” – Keynote attendee

“Mark is a great speaker and outlined the issues easily and thoughtfully.” – Workshop participant

“Mark is an absolutely fantastic presenter!” – Workshop participant

“There was something about Mark Henick… that just would not let me forget the subject.” – Audience member

“Canada’s newest star in mental health awareness.” – Article reviewer

“Gave me a new outlook on mental health.” – Workshop participant

“Beautifully honest…” “It gripped my soul and didn’t let go.” – Audience member

“A brilliantly articulate man.” – Ameera Ladak

 “With passion and grace, Mark is a formidable thinker in our culture today.” – Chris Summerville, CEO, Schizophrenia Society of Canada

“The information was presented so well… I could have spent a whole week with Mark!” – Workshop participant

“Eloquent.” “Insightful.” “Powerful.” “Inspirational.” – Keynote attendee

“I really wish there were more people in this world like Mark, what he does is absolutely incredible… I found this to be one of the most inspiring lectures I’ve listened to.” – Jeff Martin

“Mark’s genuine concern for those dealing with a mental health challenge is only matched by his courage and commitment to sharing his story in the most powerful way imaginable. If your audience is ready to be confronted by this terrific young speaker, Mark will leave a lasting impression.” – Eric Windeler, Founder & Executive Director, Jack.org

Clients

Mark has spoken to thousands of people across diverse audiences on issues relating to mental wellness, workplace mental health, recovery from mental illness, suicide, parenting, grief, and empowerment. Here is a small sample of the types of audiences Mark has addressed.

Corporate audiences have included such companies as Bell Canada, Chrysler, Kellogg’s, Celestica, TD Bank, Bruce Power, Thompson Publishing, and Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Education audiences have included: University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Western University, University of Calgary, University of Victoria, University of New Brunswick, University of Saskatchewan, St. Thomas University, Cape Breton University, Sheridan College, George Brown College, Humber College, Durham College, Algonquin College, Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board, Northern Lights District School Board.

Healthcare, nonprofit, government, and labour audiences have included Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, SickKids Hospital, Canadian Mental Health Association, Atlantic Psychiatric Association, the Privy Council of Canada, Government of Ontario, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, FACTOR, UNIFOR, CUPE, and United Steelworkers.

Become a part of the movement. Book Mark Henick to speak with your audience today!

Media

Mark addresses issues relating to mental health for television, radio, print, and online media around the world.

He has been featured in or commented on stories related to mental health for such media outlets as CNNCTV National News, CTV News Channel, CTV W5, CanadaAM, CTV Your Morning, The Canadian Press, CP24, Business News Network, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, The Mighty, Yahoo News, Entertainment Tonight, eTalk, CBC News, CBC Radio, Global News, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, the Toronto Star, the Toronto Sun, the Montreal Gazette, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, the Independent, the Daily Mail, the Chicago Tribune, and many others.

Mark is available to media for comment on a broad range of issues relating to mental illness and mental health.

Contact Mark Henick for comment today!