“Walking Man” to Keynote Annual Nonprofit Luncheon at Broadmoor
Mark Norwine, the featured subject of the critically acclaimed Walking Man documentary, will keynote the ninth annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon on Oct. 13 at the Broadmoor Hotel’s Broadmoor Hall.
The documentary, and book by the same name, details the father’s 200-mile journey across Missouri with his son, Eric, to raise awareness about mental health issues following three student suicides in seven months at a Missouri high school in 2012. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 52, Norwine’s life work has become reducing the stigma of mental health and increasing the awareness of bullying, especially in schools.
“Youth suicides have tragically impacted our community in many ways in recent years,” said AspenPointe President and CEO Dr. Mick Pattinson. “Our hope is that Mark’s presentation and related community events will help us continue to raise awareness around this serious issue and find solutions to this growing problem.”
AspenPointe’s annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon recognizes individuals in the Pikes Peak Region who champion mental health and wellness. They can be a driving force in efforts to reduce stigma or a key player in the growth of community programs that treat and fund mental illness, substance use, unemployment and homelessness.
Each year attendees help AspenPointe raise funds for an important health care initiative. Last year, $14,000 was raised to help benefit Mental Health First Aid, an award-winning public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Thanks to donations, the Mental Health First Aid education program is free to the public.
In addition to the luncheon, Norwine will host a symbolic walk for suicide awareness in downtown Colorado Springs the night of Oct. 13, followed by a free screening of “Walking Man” and subsequent Q & A time with Norwine.
The nomination window for this year’s Hero of Mental Health is open at this link. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased here. To learn more about Norwine and view the Walking Man trailer, visit www.WalkingManMovie.com.
Heroes Proceeds To Help Youth, Prevent Suicides Thru Mental Health First Aid
Proceeds from the 2016 Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon will support the local Youth Mental Health First Aid Youth (YMHFA) training program to help identify early signs and to prevent youth suicides.
Purchase Client Artwork at Heroes Luncheon
Purchase Client Artwork at this year's Heroes Luncheon! There are over 50 different pieces of art to include paintings, scarves and photography.