Kyler Erickson is a professional speaker, director of suicide prevention, and an NCAA All-American. He’s been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, USA Today, and Yahoo Sports. He’s a member of the 2016 ‘Allstate Good Works Team,’ given to only five basketball players across the country. After witnessing a shooting at his high school, his mission has become very simple; to help as many people as possible, and to erase the stigma associated with mental illness.


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After witnessing a shooting at his high school, Kyler Erickson was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Afraid of what others may think, he refused to get treatment for his issues. After the worst six months of his life, he admitted he was hurting and received the therapy he so desperately needed. Kyler then went on to play basketball at Division I Nebraska-Omaha, where he won several awards and attracted national attention. Kyler fights to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, and help as many people as he can.


Kyler has an important and inspiring story to tell. His life experiences, and willingness to share them in an honest, transparent way, has dramatically impacted the way our students and staff view mental health. His story is a must-hear for students and teachers alike. Trev Alberts – Athletic Director at University of Nebraska-Omaha

Kyler Erickson is able to provide a perspective to students that is critical to their development as young people. Unfortunately, tragedy can force one to understand perspective whether they are ready or not. Kyler has taken tragedy and used it to send a message of what life is meant to be about…a message of perspective. Ryan Ricenbaw – Principal – Waverly High School

Fabulous speaker. Great job with the students and kept them entertained. Was very patient with me and the technology issues.  – Kim Bravo – Independence High School

Kyler was inspiring and motivational to our students at our first day of school assembly! We got to kick off the year with the idea that how we respond to trauma defines our legacy. We were happy to have him.  –  Crystal Hoffmann – Elsinore High School

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