Walking Man programs & services FAQs
Why Walking Man?
Programs are grounded in the philosophy of the nationally recognized Signs of Suicide (SOS) program; together the leaders of Walking Man have given over 700 SOS presentations.
Walking Man has been used for conferences on mental health by NAMI agencies and the Missouri Institute of Mental Health.
Walking Man has helped hundreds of individual students ask for the help they need regarding their mental health and wellness.
Walking Man presents with the help of local counselors and mental health resources to ensure no student slips through the cracks.
The documentary has been presented in 12 states to schools and communities and has been featured on PBS to a potential audience of over a million people. View some of the locations Walking Man has been presented here.
Read reviews of the documentary on Amazon.
What are credentials of the team?
Mark Norwine, founder and Walking Man, is certified in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as well as the Signs of Suicide program. He has completed a wellness course through the Anthropedia Foundation, has a degree in education, and is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling. Mark has presented topics including mental health, suicide prevention, and bullying to a variety of audiences from small classrooms of students to large conferences of mental health professionals. Maria Craft, Program Director, has a master’s degree in teaching and more than six years of experience in educational outreach. She is certified in the Signs of Suicide program and has developed and delivered a variety of mental health-related programs, presentations, and curriculum. Learn more here.
Who can use Walking Man programs and services?
Almost any group, big or small, could benefit from mental health education and awareness. Some examples of are:
high school or middle school health classes or clubs
high school seniors about to make the transition out of high school
parents of students in a school or school district
professional development for educators
professional development or educational workshops for employees of agencies and businesses
education or health conferences
adult service clubs
What is the timing of each screening?
Ideally presentations to students would be approximately 1.5 hours. This would allow for a partial or full viewing of the documentary, discussion, and individual time with students who would like to talk more; time can be shorter if needed.
Adult presentations will run approximately two hours. This would give time to show the entire film and allow for discussion and Q&A.
What is the cost of a screening?
For classroom presentations and other smaller groups, please contact us and we will discuss your needs. For large audiences the cost is generally $285 per presentation. Travel costs may occur for presentations 25 miles or more outside of St. Louis, MO. If your school or group is unable to cover cost consider: reaching out to a local mental health organizations or public health center, seeking donations from a business or community member hoping to encourage and support mental health education, checking in with your local police department, or get in touch with us for more ideas.
What is the cost of the curriculum and services?
The Walking Man team is in the beginning stages of working on fundraising so we can offer as many programs and services as we are able at not cost. In the meantime, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Can I help?
Yes! You can help spread awareness of the importance of mental health and suicide prevention at your school or workplace. One way to do so is to put together an awareness week or day. Walking Man can potentially help. Email us at email@example.com for ideas. You can also spread awareness on your social media pages. Follow Walking Man on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share our posts as a way to start.
If you would like to provide a monetary donation to mental health awareness and Walking Man, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.