Movember Stories: Tyler Smith Wants You to Know That “It’s OK to Not be OK”


On April 6, 2018, Canadians across the country were heartbroken to hear of the devastating Humboldt Broncos bus crash, which took the lives of 16 members of the Junior A hockey team and injured 13 others.

Tyler Smith was among the survivors. He suffered eight different injuries, went through two surgeries and spent 13 days in hospital. But for Tyler, the physical injuries will never compare to the mental health struggles he continues to face each and every day as a result of that horrific day.

Over two years after the accident that changed his life forever, Tyler continues to open up about his story in an effort to let other men who might be suffering know that it’s ok to not be ok: “My overall message would be to realize that you’re not ok and if you’re not ok, do something about it. I think a lot of people just suffer in silence but being able to open up takes a lot of courage. If you’re able to take the necessary steps and put your mental health first, then you can at least move forward.”

“Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. Movember is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030, and I want to help them get there. Help me stop men dying too young.”

Click here to donate to Tyler’s Mo Space and help him reach his goal of $7500 to change the face of men’s health, and help fundraise at Sharp’s Mo Space.