One families pledge to fight depression and mental health related suicide has become a focal point of community support. The 9th Annual Michael Bratton II Turkey Trot drew over 2000 participants Thanksgiving morning. Though the Turkey Trot is a festive occasion and many of the people were celebrating Thanksgiving and enjoying the time to reunite with people, Mike Bratton Senior also reminded the group that its not all a celebration.
The Bratton Family formed a foundation in 2006, The MEB2 Foundation, to help fund mental health programs in Western Nevada County. A benefit of the Foundation’s work is seen in the reduced numbers of suicide in the county.
Bratton gives credit to the supporters of the annual Turkey Trot for coming out each year. The run generates 10’s of thousands of dollars for Anew Day Counseling Center and mental health counseling programs.