With over three and a half million views, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world. His story of searching for “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life from a teenage suicide attempt grabbed headlines around the globe. His talks are informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system, and he has dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change. Henick brings his diverse and unique perspective to every audience, as someone who has been a patient, a professional, and a policy influencer in the mental health system.
In a recent interview with CityNews, on the cusp of Mental Health Week (May 7-13), Henick outlined some of the stresses encountered by youth today and offered ways to help cope with teen suicides. Watch the interview here.