Mental Health Advocate and Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker
Having been viewed and shared millions of times, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world. He has dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change when it comes to mental health. His talks are informed by his direct experience and explore his diverse and unique perspective as someone who has been a patient, professional, policy influencer, and public figure in the mental health system.
Over the last 20 years, Henick has appeared in hundreds of television, radio, print, and online features about mental health. His bylines include CNN, CNBC, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and many others. People magazine called Henick “one of Canada’s most prominent mental health advocates”.
Henick released his first book, So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression, and Resilience, in 2021. Television host Rosie O’Donnell said, “So-Called Normal is beautifully written, heart-wrenching, and hopeful.” Kirkus Reviews described it as “[A]n elegantly written memoir that discovers hope in the darkest of moments.” Henick is also the host and executive producer of two podcasts, So-Called Normal and Living Well, where he has spoken with hundreds of experts, celebrities, and public figures about mental health.
Previously, Henick served as the youngest ever board director for the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the youngest ever president of a provincial Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) division. He has worked as a frontline clinician, program manager, and as National Director of Strategic Initiatives for CMHA. Presently, Henick runs a boutique mental health media consulting firm and is a high-demand international keynote speaker on recovery, resilience, and connection.
Henick holds a Master of Science in child development and a Bachelor of Arts with honours in the interdisciplinary study of psychology and philosophy. He is currently completing graduate certificates in applied neuroscience at King’s College London and cognitive psychology at the University of Cambridge.