Thumbs Up Foundation was established as a result of the sudden and tragic passing of Jesse Braden Titus (1984 – 2015). “Brady”, as he was known to his family and friends, was a beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, and all-around good buddy. His suicide was a heart-breaking eye-opener to many of us. Starting with his mother and father (both named Kim), Brady’s family and friends began looking into mental health care and awareness in Alberta, as well as the larger suicide epidemic in Canada.
Brady struggled with depression briefly before his suicide and was unable to access crucial mental health care in the weeks leading up to his death. It is our belief that Brady and thousands more across Canada are falling through the cracks when it comes to receiving quality mental health care in a timely manner.