"Walking Man," which premieres tonight at the St. Louis International Film Festival, follows Mark Norwine, bullying prevention project coordinator at  Chads Coalition, and his son Eric as they walk across the state, talking to students and government officials about mental health and suicide. News of three suicides at St. Clair High School within a seven week time span, as well as their own history with mental health issues, prompted the walk.

“I had experienced a lot of mental health issues from probably the age of 18 until I was finally diagnosed at age 52 with bipolar disorder,” Mark Norwine told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Monday. Mark Norwine also said he had attempted suicide twice. “My actual thought was to walk across the state and help communities like St. Clair that don’t have the resources like we have in St. Louis and Kansas City.”

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