"I ensure a safe and therapeutic environment involving nature"
Tyler has been nominated as an Everyday Hero as a part of the very first Everyday Hero series honoring the Riverside Weekday Evening Primary team.
What does mental health mean to you?
“Mental health means to me to be the state of emotional, spiritual, and intellectual health that one is living in either positive or poor.”
If you could have any career you wanted (talent, education not required), what would it be and why?
“I would want to work with the DNR as a conservationist.”
What is your favorite thing to do this time of year?
“I enjoy making homemade foods: chili, stews, or s’mores around the fire.”
What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
The best compliment I have ever received came from a soldier I was training who stated, “you have made a meaningful impact on my life, and I’m glad you care so much for me and my peers.”
Name three people in history (dead or alive) with whom you would want to sit down to dinner.
- Teddy Roosevelt
- General Odierno
- General Eisenhower
Tell us a fun fact that you're proud of.
“I once sat down and spoke with the Nobel prize committee for science while on a trip to Sweden.”
What is the earliest memory you have of life in Northwestern Wisconsin?
“Riding in a boat on yellow lake.”
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Tyler Bridley: A road less traveled by with scars to prove it.”
If you could send one message to someone struggling with their mental health out in the world, what would it be?
“Your feelings are valid, and those who support you are sincere whether you embrace them or are not yet ready to.”
Finally, do you have a favorite quote or saying you'd like to share?
The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.