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Medicating Normal

Should we medicate our kids? Should we STOP medicating our kids? How do we, as parents, make the right decisions for our struggling teens when it comes to prescription drugs?

Today my guests are Lynn C. and Angela, both filmmakers and mental health professionals tackling the topic of medicating children.

Alone in the Crowd

If you feel lonely around others, this video is here to teach you how to stop feeling lonely and isolated. Even with lots of friends, family, or colleagues, it is common to feel alone and disconnected. To shift this to a feeling of friendship and inclusiveness, be sure to follow my proven method!

Trauma vs. Complex Trauma

My guest today is Elizabeth Davis, a specialist in Intensive Trauma Therapy including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Art Therapy, and more.

In this episode of Beyond Risk and Back Elizabeth will walk us through what Complex Trauma is, how it presents in our teens, and what resources there are to address it.

The Birds and The Bees in Rehab.

Today, I deep dive into the benefits and logistics of sex-positive education with expert Anne Hodder. In this episode, we explore why teens not only need but deserve to have a healthy, honest, and comprehensive physical education.

But how? Anne walks me through how staff and health care professionals can support Residence and teens with this topic and what parents need to know about sexual education and recovery.

Staying Sane During These Challenging Times

If you’re feeling hopeless, anxious, or stressed after the recent events, here are some tips for your mental health Capitol Hill Riots. Such a shocking event can throw some of us into mental turmoil, and it is important that we move forward trying to maintain hope and move forward as a nation to stay strong even when incidents like this rock us.

So-Called Normal. A conversation we have to have.

Mark’s TEDx talk, Why We Choose Suicide, is among the most-watched in the world with over 6 million views. His story of searching for “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life from a teenage suicide attempt went viral around the world. When Mark learned of products being sold on Amazon that promoted suicide, his successful online petition to have them removed garnered tens of thousands of signatures and again gained global media attention. The worldwide rights to Mark’s first book have been acquired by HarperCollins.

Mark brings a diverse and unique perspective of someone who has been a patient, a professional, and a policy influencer in the mental health system. He lives with his family in Toronto, Canada.

Informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system, Mark Henick dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change.

Mark is the principal and CEO of Strategic Mental Health Solutions, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations and individuals to move strategically from basic mental health awareness toward meaningful, measurable action.

He has previously served as the youngest president of a provincial Canadian Mental Health Association division in history, the youngest member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and a national spokesperson for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign. He has worked as a front line mental health counselor and the manager of a national workplace mental health training program. Prior to his present role, Mark oversaw the Fund Development and Marketing & Communications portfolios for the Canadian Mental Health Association as National Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Mark holds a Master of Science in child development, a Bachelor of Arts with interdisciplinary honors focusing on psychology and philosophy, and certificates in trauma counseling, suicide intervention, mental health first aid, and knowledge exchange.

Today, Mark is a sought-after public speaker and active media commentator on issues related to mental illness and mental health.

Mark has appeared in more than a hundred television segments, and countless more radio, print, and online features about mental health. His work has frequently appeared across Canada by media such as CTV National News, Entertainment Tonight, and The Globe and Mail; in the United States by CNN, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Daily News; and in the UK by The Independent, The Daily Mail, and The Sun. He has also appeared around the world in, AsiaOne (Singapore), Trud (Bulgaria), The Epoch Times (China), Reader’s Digest, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post, among many others.


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