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Publisher Description

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. 

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
NARRATOR
SPH
Sean Patrick Hopkins
LENGTH
08:11
hr min
RELEASED
2021
January 12
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins Publishers
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
418.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Myauthenticself ,

Masterful storytelling!

I’m still experiencing the emotional hangover as I write this. Mark takes you gently by the hand as he guides you through his memories of childhood depression and suicidal ideation to the light and hope that exists on the other side. It’s a beautiful tribute to the love of a remarkable woman, his mother, Brenda.