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May 24, 2023

Today’s guest is Phillip Tyler, a loss survivor and mental health advocate. Phillip received a text on Nov 29th, 2017, that revealed the devastating suicide of his son Devon and started the beginning of his journey with grief and comfort.

Everyone Devon encountered commented on his infectious smile. One of Phillip’s last texts from Devon was after he helped someone in need. The text read, “We all need that one chance, that one glimpse of support. We are all family. Life is chaos, be kind.”

Phillip is a Crime Prevention and Education Officer at Gonzaga University and a married father of three. His career has included time with the county sheriff’s office, the United States Air Force, and the Spokane NAACP. 

He’s a certified Comfort Trainer and serves on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Washington board of directors. He’s a Community Rep. with the WSP Independent Investigative Team and a member of the Mayor's Mental Health Taskforce. 

Listen in for some great takeaways about Phillip’s journey as a loss survivor of suicide, and helping Devon’s legacy to live on to create more kindness in the world. 

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in...

  • Learn more about Phillip Tyler and his son Devon [3:23]
  • Why Phillip is passionate about mental health awareness [5:08]
  • Why Phillip works with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [10:20]
  • Phillip’s experience being at the forefront of others' loss and grief [13:54]
  • Changing the conversation around Black men and mental health [17:30]
  • How to teach young men to embrace their emotions [22:13] 
  • What everyone can do to combat cyberbullying [25:30]
  • The most valuable lesson Phillip’s grief journey has taught him? [28:42]
  • Phillip’s advice for someone who is struggling (or knows someone who is) [31:58]
  • What Phillip did today that put him in the right mindset for success [34:36]

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