So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression and Resilience

So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression and Resilience

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. 

Title:So-Called Normal: A Memoir of Family, Depression and Resilience
ISBN:9781443455039
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  • Donna Hines

    So-Called Normal is a must read book for everyone and should be made available to all those in the mental health field and beyond.First and foremost I must say, "Thank You" to Mark Henick for this gen...

  • Kelly Whitaker

    Very good honest observation of his own life and struggles. Does not preach or advise, yet opens your eyes to some truths....

  • Susmita

    Nice...

  • Ann Douglas

    From the pre-publication review I sent to the book's publisher:So-Called Normal takes the reader on a journey inside the head of a young man who is struggling with debilitating mental illness. We jour...

  • Jeremy

    (I wrote this review when I was half asleep, so please cut me some slack.) I became aware of Mark Henick during my mid-teens. As a young person living in Nova Scotia, who also struggles with mental he...

  • Dayna Burnell

    Can't recommend this book enough. So honest, open, and raw. ...

  • Gracen

    *I read an advanced copy of the novel, some changes may have been made* This memoir takes you through Mark’s life from childhood into adulthood as he struggles with mental illness. The memoir is bea...

  • Carly Morrison

    This book is an amazingly beautiful swan song. 100% a must read!! ...

  • Robin

    A fantastic, honest read. Mark's Cape Breton roots shine through in relatable ways that will remind readers from Cape Breton of the nuanced nostalgia that is home. Mark's story is truly his own, but h...

  • Andre Charron-Martin

    I am so fortunate to have won the Advanced Reader Copy of Mark Henick's memoir "So-Called Normal".This book beautifully and devastatingly illustrates the author's struggles with anxiety and depression...