Walking Man Curriculum

This curriculum will be available soon. Check back and contact us through email at nbhadvocates@gmail.com for further information.

What is the Walking Man Curriculum?
Through a documentary, Walking Man, (which encompasses education, awareness, emotion, humor and reality all in one film) and the corresponding lessons and activities, students will gain knowledge and compassion in the areas of mental health and suicide. 

Walking Man isn’t your typical educational film. It was filmed over the course of a seventeen-day walk across Missouri and shows one family’s journey with mental illness and suicide while documenting the need for mental health awareness and care in our society. It will prompt thoughts, questions, and ideas. It will allow students to connect, emotionally, with the important subjects of mental health and suicide, subjects often ignored or unfamiliar. Through viewing the film and completing corresponding lessons, students will have the chance to review and learn new concepts surrounding mental health, but will also learn important life skills. 

Why Use This Curriculum?
The topic of suicide is a tough one. Presenting information on this topic and others surrounding it is difficult, how do you approach it? What if a student needs help? How do you get your students to connect and care? Walking Man provides the information and resources needed to educate students on these topics. Additionally, lessons meet the National Education Health Standards.

One in five people have a mental health issues.
It’s estimated that 25% of students will experience depression; most won’t receive help
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for students.

What’s important to us?
As we created this curriculum, we kept in mind these important ideas: 

  • Students learn with real life examples, technology, and practice
  • Students should have ample time and opportunity to reflect, evaluate, and take in the information 
  • Students and instructors know what to do if they feel they need help 
  • Students understand the “why” behind the lessons and are aware of the life skills they will acquire 
  • Students have the opportunity to identify if they feel they need help (and counselors or social workers are available to assist)
  • Meeting education standards 
  • Students become more comfortable with the topic of mental health
  • Raising a generation of students accepting mental illness as a typically uncontrollable condition; who feel it is just as normal to discuss topics surrounding mental illness as it is physical illness; willing to raise awareness and help others, just as many would help others with physical illnesses