New Book Supports Message of World Suicide Prevention Day

Former Canadian Armed Forces medic pens poignant memoir to be released in October
A Medic's Mind
A Medic's Mind
TORONTO - Sept. 6, 2019 - PRLog -- The World Health Organization has declared September 10 Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. Independent Canadian publisher Wintertickle Press is doing what it can to show not only the fallout from a person murdered by their illness but also the path that can arise when one is able to find and get help while in a state of deep despair.

A Medic's Mind is a memoir by Matthew Heneghan that is set to be released in Canada on October 15, 2019. This first-person account chronicles Heneghan's life: from England to Canada, from boy to soldier, from soldier to paramedic and from mentally injured to seeing the possibility of purpose.

While serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, Heneghan was a pallbearer for the first Canadian medic to be killed in combat since the Korean War—Corporal Andrew Eykelenboom. After Heneghan's sorrowful and honourable duties, he and his team were addressed by General Rick Hillier.

Although never deployed with Eykelenboom or his other fallen comrades, Heneghan did suffer from the sinister symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. Great loss, sanctuary trauma, and survivor's guilt incubated his illness. After being honourably discharged, Heneghan entered the world of civilian paramedicine. This only served to layer on new and varied trauma onto his already injured psyche.

Heneghan masterfully tells his story of a tumultuous childhood, workplace trauma, loss of loved ones by suicide, suicide ideation and addiction. However, he was inspired to go even deeper into this incredibly personal story after Theo Fleury took notice of his blog through a twitter post. Heneghan remarks, "I have always looked up to Theo. Not only was he a great hockey player, but I admire his courage for telling his story. He has inspired me to tell my own."

EMS Magazine posts, "Heneghan is a master of description, a sort of Picasso with words. He paints a picture that includes all the senses, allowing readers to experience life as if they were him." The Prairies Book Review states, "Heneghan writes with a disarming honestly . . . "

A Medic's Mind is being released in Canada on October 15, 2019 and will be available through Amazon, Indigo/Chapters/Coles and most independent bookstores. Pre-orders are currently available through Indigo.

To learn more about Matthew, please visit his site A Medic's Mind.

A Medic's Mind
by Matthew Heneghan
ISBN: 9781894813976
Wintertickle Press
Soft cover
280 pages

Digital advance reading copies are available. To book Matthew, please contact Heather Down below.

Heather Down, Wintertickle Press

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