Mark Henick Appointed to Mental Health Commission of Canada's Board of Directors

CALGARY, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Mark Henick, a former President and CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) New Brunswick, and founder of the A-Major Mental Health Society, which is dedicated to eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness, has been appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Board of Directors.

Henick became the youngest person ever to lead a provincial division of the CMHA when he took over as President and CEO of the CMHA New Brunswick in 2009 at age 22. He also served as a member of the New Brunswick Mental Health Strategy Advisory Committee, established in 2008 by the government to develop the province's first mental health strategy.

Henick, 24, becomes the youngest director on the Mental Health Commission of Canada board.

"With a great work ethic and passion for mental health, Mark has quickly become a leader in the field in New Brunswick. Mark has a proven track record of innovative ideas related to addressing the stigma of mental health and we are looking forward to his contributions to the board," said Michael Kirby, MHCC Chair.

Henick is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where he lived until moving to Fredericton, New Brunswick to obtain a Bachelor of Arts at St. Thomas University. Henick is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Child Development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL, where he was also a research assistant for a study of early childhood education in Chicago's public school system.

In 2003, Henick founded the A-Major Mental Health Society, a group dedicated to eliminating the stigma around mental illness. The group, which still operates today, accomplishes this through large-scale fundraisers, university lectures and public speaking events. Henick has authored material advocating for mental health awareness which has been published in major daily newspapers across the country.

The MHCC Board is made up of non-government directors and government-appointed directors from across Canada. It is assisted by eight Advisory Committee Chairs who provide advice to the Board and support to the Commission.

About the Mental Health Commission of Canada
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for transformative change. Our mission is to work with stakeholders to change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve services and support. Our goal is to promote mental health and help people who live with mental health problems lead meaningful and productive lives. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada. For more, visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca.

The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Production of this document is made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada.

SOURCE Mental Health Commission of Canada

For further information:

Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Office: (403) 385-4050
kmarr@mentalhealthcommission.ca


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