Whether via a Twitter following of thousands, speaking at WeDay and TEDxTalks or through his work as a filmmaker, Tyler Simmonds is committed to bringing people together to make this world a more "awesome" place.
Tyler Simmonds speaks openly about his experience living with mental illness, reminding people that recovery is possible and emphasizing the importance of talking to getting well. His is clearly a message that resonates with many. In 2016, the Huffington Post named him one of the “10 Inspirational people under 30 you should be following on Twitter.” With a history of severe depression and anxiety, Tyler credits his recovery journey with helping him finally talk about his issues. Now a motivational speaker, he tells his story to inspire others. Between speaking at schools to encourage youth living with mental health illness to get treatment, to working at the peer support organization, Laing House, and engaging with his over 30,000 Twitter followers, Tyler is committed to reaching as many people about mental health as possible. Last year he found success with a new medium, receiving a Best Local Short Film award at the Bluenose Ability Film Festival, and Youth Inspiration Award at the Emerging Lens Festival for his film In My Mind. Through his many channels, Tyler is inspiring people in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and around the world to challenge the norm, and be themselves.
In 2018 Tyler was a spokesperson for the Bell Let's Talk campaign and recipient of the CAMH Difference Maker Award.