About Mark

The focus of everything I do is to help people around the world access supports to maintain and improve their mental health. So I’m always looking for new ways to do that. Currently, I do that in a couple of different ways:


I create videos.
They range from very specific topics, like how to successfully implement behavioral therapy techniques for OCD, to much broader topics that are relevant to anybody with a brain. Check them out at youtube.com/everybodyhasabrain. If you’d like something more structured and in-depth, take a look at the online courses I offer through my Brainschool.

I write. My first book, The Mind Workout, all about learning how to embrace feelings you don’t like so you can do the things you care about in life, will be on book shelves in the UK on June 1st, published by Piatkus, an imprint of Little, Brown & Co. And more books are on their way. For shorter pieces of writing, visit the Everybody has a Brain blog that I collaborate on with my friends Matt and Daniela: www.everybodyhasabrain.com. For any writing-related inquiries, contact my wonderful agent Hattie Grunewald, at the Blake Friedmann Agency.

 

I facilitate workshops. Sometimes those workshops are focused on helping large companies collaboratively tackle organizational or product innovation challenges, and other times those workshops are with individuals tackling the challenges of innovating in their personal lives. For upcoming public workshops, check out the Events category.

I give keynote presentations. I typically talk about how anybody can take care of their mental health, or I explore all of the exciting and disruptive things happening with technology in the mental healthcare sector, or I discuss how patient-led design can make healthcare more effective. If you’d like to have me speak at your event, please send me a message through the contact form.

I advocate for systemic change in mental healthcare systems. In Toronto, I’m leading a volunteer project, the City of Brains Project, to capture stories of accessing mental health services. By collecting and sharing this system-level data, we’ll advocate for changes in the system to better connect programs and services, and we hope to help others find effective, accessible help more quickly. If you have a story to share, please visit the project site.

 

I do peer support work. I’ve had the privilege of working with people all over the world to offer support as they build and maintain their mental health. If you’re interested in working together, it’s important to understand that I am not a therapist or a counsellor of any type and I do not do therapy or counselling. I don’t focus on illness. I always recommend people do therapy first with an experienced therapist before they work with me. The work I do is entirely focused on giving you exercises each week to do more of the things you want to do in life while supporting that be sharing skills like mindfulness and meditation. Take advantage of all of the free content I have online, on this site, on Everybody has a Brain, and on my YouTube channel. As well, before working with anybody, I have them do my Mental Fitness 101 course. It covers all of the exercises I previously did with clients during the first month of working together. The point of making all of that content available online is to help people succeed with making changes in their lives. If you find the content useful, then it’s far more likely you’ll find it beneficial for us to work together so start with the free content, ask questions, and we’ll take things from there.