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Mark Henick

Mark Henick

Mark Henick

Program Manager, Mental Health Works

Breakout session 4: Mental Health Works | February 24, 2016 | Vancouver

Program Manager, Mental Health Works

Mark obtained his Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University in 2010, with honours in interdisciplinary studies as well as a double major in psychology and philosophy. He went on to complete a Master of Science in child development at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois.

In his final year of university, Mark was elected to serve as the President of the Canadian Mental Health Association, New Brunswick Division. In this capacity he also served as the youngest member of the CMHA National Board of Directors. As president of CMHA New Brunswick, Mark worked on a committee of the provincial government to develop the first province-wide mental health strategy.

Mark was selected to serve as the member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. In this role, he has been involved with the board-level oversight of such landmark projects as the first ever national mental health strategy for Canada, the largest housing-first research project in North America, and the first voluntary national standard for workplace psychological health and safety in the world.

His recent employment includes working as a front-line mental health clinician at CMHA Toronto Branch. He was providing short-term counselling to parents experiencing a mental illness. His passion for educating and promoting psychological health and safety in the workplace brings him to this position.

Informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system as an adolescent, Mark dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change. It was not long after that Mark discovered the profound opportunity for advocacy through recovery.

In Mark’s personal life he is represented by the National Speakers Bureau and the Global Speakers Agency, Mark speaks to diverse audiences about mental health, mental illness, suicide, advocacy, recovery, and hope. He is a national spokesperson for the Canada-wide 2014 Faces of Mental Illness Campaign. Mark also spoke at TEDxToronto 2013, becoming one of the most discussed speakers at the conference. His Why We Choose Suicide presentation went on to become the highest viewed TED Talk of the 2013 Toronto conference.

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