Who We Are

THUMBS UP was founded in 2014 by several community members in honor of two great men, Bob Schmit and Chuck Dahlheimer, who like many others took their lives after living in silence from a mental illness.

THUMBS UP MISSION

Bringing awareness to mental health and providing support and resources to all.

THUMBS UP VISION

THUMBS UP is all about EMBRACING those struggling and breaking the stigma around mental health.

CONNECTING, SUPPORTING and ENCOURAGING one another to talk about their feelings and challenges and to “KEEP MOVING FORWARD”.

We want to EDUCATE and TEACH about mental illness, the warning signs of suicide, what you can to do help others who struggle, and community awareness initiatives.

Let’s UNITE to help others to KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

MISSION STATEMENT

 

Bringing awareness to mental health and providing support and resources to all.”

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BECOME A VOLUNTEER

THIS IS HOW WE’LL ACHIEVE OUR MISSION

  • Kickstart important conversations via our THUMBS UP apparel.
  • Encourage social connectedness via our community outreach events.
  • Drive awareness via carefully selected relationships with individuals and organizations.
  • Bring the brightest minds together to inform, educate & teach coping skills for those who struggle with a mental illness.

MISSION

Promote

Help promote wellness and positive living for people through awareness and early education programs.

Encourage

Encourage people to be open, engage in conversation, and be vulnerable.

Connect

Connect people to support services in the area.

Create

Create a movement with a brand that makes mental health relatable and that people can build a relationship with.

HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE THUMBS UP MOVEMENT?

By purchasing apparel, you can help break the stigma and start the conversation.

Join a planning committee, volunteer or join our board!

Alternatively, by making a donation to THUMBS UP you are helping us support our mission and vision. Make a fully tax-deductible donation right now by clicking the button below.

Staff

Katie Shatusky

Executive Director

763.772.5912

katie.shatusky@thumbsupformentalhealth.org

 

Hannah Johnson

Office Manager

218-206-4360

Hannah.Johnson@thumbsupformentalhealth.org

Kate Swanson

Program & Operations Manager

612.590.7879

kate.swanson@thumbsupformentalhealth.org

 

Christi Tullbane

Site Lead – Rogers After-School Program

612-991-1822

christi.tullbane@thumbsupformentalhealth.org

Board of Directors

 

Laura Vevea

Board Chair 

 

Breanna Heintzelman

Secretary

 

Moriah Prange

At Large Board Member

 

Amy Walz

At Large Board Member 

 

Dr. Daniel Bittman

At Large Board Member 

 

 

 

Asa Veek

Interm Treasurer 

 

Cassie Stangler

At Large Board Member 

 

Chris Merritt

At Large Board Member 

 

Melissa Bohlsen

At Large Board Member 

 

Ali Blake

At Large Board Member 

 

 

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