Former Humboldt Bronco opens up about mental health: ‘It’s OK to not be OK’

April 6, 2018 is a day that will forever be etched in Tyler Smith’s mind. And yet, it’s a day he doesn’t remember.In fact, the former Humboldt Broncos player doesn’t remember anything until a few days after the crash. He woke up in hospital, surrounded by family and friends and faced with the realization he had lost 16 of his friends.Story continues below

READ MORE: ‘Still so much pain’: Humboldt and the Broncos continue to heal 1 year after crashFrom that day forward, life has not been easy.He suffered eight different injuries, went through two surgeries and spent 13 days in hospital. Once he was able to return back home to Leduc, he was on constant medication for the pain, going from one doctor’s appointment to another, trying to get back to his old state, both physically and mentally.He’s now realized that will probably never happen.“The physical injuries I can get through,” said Tyler, during an interview on the Global Edmonton Morning News.“The mental and emotional injuries are still going to be there for the rest of my life.”Tyler was 20 years old at the time of the crash. It took some time for him to realize he needed to open up and talk about what happened and how it was affecting him.READ MORE: Grief and sadness an obstacle for many after Humboldt Broncos crash“It took me a little while. I’m still maturing and growing, so it took me a while to actually understand that I needed to talk about things. But after I opened up and was able to share things with the loved ones around me, and with help, I think it’s beneficial. Absolutely.”Watch below (April 19, 2018): Tyler Smith, a young hockey player from Leduc who survived the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 6, attended a game put on by the community Thursday to support him and his family.