‘Half-Stitch September’: Humboldt Bus Crash Survivor Creates Unique Mental Health Fundraiser – Calgary Pipa News

‘Half-Stitch September’: Humboldt Bus Crash Survivor Creates Unique Mental Health Fundraiser – Calgary

Tyler Smith has been sporting a mustache for a long time, and he has become fond of it. But someone who hasn’t quite sold on facial hair is her friend De Bremer.

The two met at Fox Hollow, a golf course where Tyler had started working when Dee joined the Ladies League.

The two became friends fast but there was one thing that Dee couldn’t let go of.

“I was bothering (him) about his mustache in the summer months,” Dee said. “(I told him) ‘You need to shave this off Tyler, you’ll be so cute without it.'”

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So Dee offers Tyler $50 so that he can shave off his half.

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“It started as a dare. I didn’t think Tyler would do that,” Dee said.

But she soon learns of Tyler’s past, a Humboldt bus accident survivor, and her dedication to helping young people cope with mental health.

“As much as I’m going to hate seeing my mustache go by, it’s for a very good cause,” Tyler said of the fundraiser. “Mental health is a very difficult and uncomfortable place for a lot of people, so if we can make it fun in any way.”

With the help of his workplace, Tyler decides to turn Dee’s guts into a good cause for an organization he says is very close to his heart, Jack.org, which focuses on the mental health of youth across Canada. .


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After suffering from mental health issues of his own after the tragic accident, Tyler said he wants to use this fundraiser as a way to raise awareness and help those who are suffering.

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“It took me some time and many, many weeks and months to remain silent and wear that mask,” he said.

“I think being able to help people remember that it’s okay — it’s okay to just take it a day and remember that sometimes you feel lonely but you’re never really alone in your fight. are not.”

Dee, as a mental health practitioner, is also a big advocate for the cause.

“It’s very important. In my mind, mental health and physical health are the same — they’re both linked,” Dee said.

“We cannot follow the medical model where we only look at physical health. We need to address mental health and we need to continue to really progress in society to understand that connection and the importance of both. ,

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While Half Shave may leave Tyler’s face feeling bare, he and Dee believe the money raised will help drive empowering conversations and change for many others.

So far, the fundraiser has already raised over $3,000. To donate or learn more about the initiative, click here.

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