Local man's mission to raise mental health awareness comes to Tivoli Theatre
By Daniel Fredman
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A local man’s mission to raise awareness about mental health will debut on the big screen Monday.
“Walking Man” is a documentary inspired by suicide prevention advocate Mark Norwine.
Norwine chose to walk 200 miles across Missouri over two weeks to get people talking about mental health and to remove the stigma.
“I knew no one would care if I drove around for a day or two. Walking and taking the time to really talk to people was the way to raise awareness,” said Mark Norwine.
His son, Eric Norwine, decided to follow his father’s journey across the state and turn it into a film.
“[My dad] began to share his experience with bipolar disorder, and I opened up about my own experience with it. Soon, our director, Joshua Salzberg, started putting a ‘mic’ on me, as well,” said Eric Norwine.
The documentary is part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. It will screen at 5 p.m. Monday, November 17, at the Tivoli Theatre.
For more information on the documentary “Walking Man” and its free screening at the St. Louis International Film Festival, click here.