Walking Man

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9.11 h 9 min2015NR
An honest and moving look at one family's journey with mental illness as a father and son walk across Missouri in an attempt to shatter mental health stigmas.
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Don MattinglySue Mattingly
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Gravitas Ventures
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A courageous undertaking to share something meaningful
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It's 2019 and I just heard about this video from a family member of the main person in this film. I grew up with this family and would have never known or expected that there were any issues. Mark was always so happy and doing so well as the younger brother of my friend, his sister. This opened my eyes to something I would not have otherwise known or understood. It's inspiring in so many ways even in my own life as I face my own challenges. For this film to even be made takes courage and dedication beyond all that was done in this regard to share the message. Thank you for bringing mental issues to light - I think we all see a glimpse of this in our own lives and those of others around us - we just didn't have anyone that put it into a film and discussed it.
SDHReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
The people who will benefit most from Walking Man are those who have little prior knowledge of mental illness.
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Walking Man is a sentimental portrait of an admirable march by Mark Norwine and his son to encourage public discussion of mental illness and the detrimental effects of school bullying. The Norwines undertook the walk, between two cities in rural Missouri, in response to a cluster of suicides by young people in a nearby rural community.

The film will be of greatest benefit to people who have little prior knowledge about depression, bipolar disorder or psychiatric treatment. It discusses these issues mostly from a general social and family perspective. Significant topics that are not discussed include psychosis and psychotherapy.

The film highlights the dialogue between father and son, who have both been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. We also hear a lot from a teary eyed Mrs. Norwine about her experience as caretaker, wife and mother. There's a significant amount of footage of Mr. Norwine speaking in school gymnasiums. One of the more significant moments is when Norwine gives a talk after being told by school administrators to avoid mentioning the suicides that had recently occurred in the area. Forced to soften his speach, the presentation falls flat and the students show little response. Frustrated, the Norwines note we have a long way to go before topics like suicide prevention will be discussed freely and openly.
Jayne G.Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everyone should see this!
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Beautifully done. Keep this effort going. I became personally acquainted with a few members of the family many years ago and, of course, observed them from afar for many years, as we live in the same community. Never did I imagine there was such turmoil in their lives. It shows that we can never fully understand what others are experiencing in their personal lives. Wonderful account of this and how they have come to embrace the presence of bi-polar diagnosis of two family members.
CKLReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Easy to watch and a very good movie about mental illness
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This is a very good movie to give people awareness of mental illness (unfortunately, they mostly refer to it as mental health and that often confuses the real issues). However, it is a moving and necessary movie for all of us to watch. As with anything that holds a big stigma, mental illness too needs some voices so we can move forward and learn about it and hopefully make positive changes as well.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Candid and Inspiring
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Much needed, honest documentary that sheds light on the stigma and struggle of mental illness. A brave family sharing their story candidly in an effort to help others, especially rural youth! My upmost respect and appreciation to them for sharing their personal struggle to benefit others. THANK YOU!
Angela SmithReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This was a great documentary. Very honest and not over the top
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This was a great documentary. Very honest and not over the top, just real. Bringing an awareness of mental health, one step at a time. Just the beginning... one day hopefully we'll see mental illness for what it really is, an illness like cancer or AIDS. You can't talk yourself out of depression, your brain is sick. Thanks for making this film and spreading this message!!
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CaliforniaDreamingReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Honest, straight forward, and 100% on target.
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Honest, straight forward, and 100% on target. If you have mental illness - turn it into a blessing as Mark has, get help, educate yourself, and then raise awareness. There are 7 billion people on this planet and we all must help each other.
MuleshuReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mental illness presented in personal, educational and caring way
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Nice to see mental health addressed in a personal and educational way. Heartwarming story of a family dealing and coping with mental illness in several family members.
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