Allan Kehler

Mental Health Advocate, College Instructor and Author

Allan Kehler

After spending a significant amount of time persevering through his own mental health issues and addictions, Allan made a decision to use his own life experiences to assist others. Allan's professional experience includes clinical case manager, addictions counselor and instructor at several colleges. Drawing from both these personal and professional experiences, Allan confidently conveys how to create a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment that proactively addresses issues of mental wellness. He offers a unique style to effectively speak to these very sensitive issues using humor, compassion, and authenticity.

Allan is a best-selling author of three books, with two of these being incorporated into college curricula in Canada. Allan’s writing has been published in countless national magazines. He has also been featured on several television and radio programs, yet it is his recognition as a professional speaker that has gained Allan the most national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach.

Allan has developed a genuine appreciation and passion for learning and working with Indigenous peoples and communities. He has spent the past several years instructing the Mental Health & Wellness program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, and shares his powerful message on reserves across Canada. These cultural teachings have played a key role in his own recovery, and a holistic approach towards healing can be found in his presentations.  

Allan currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here, he shares his wonderful life with his beautiful wife, four boys, three dogs, and a tank of fish.

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    Topics 
  1. Removing the Mask – Creating Wellness in the Workplace

    For years, Allan suffered in silence as he persevered through the challenges of mental illness and addictions. In the same way, countless employees remain silent about their personal challenges. And while many individuals have great intentions of assisting others who are displaying signs of distress, many fear saying or doing the wrong thing.

    Allan’s captivating message empowers individuals to remove their masks and put a voice to their needs. He reminds his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, and shares how one man was able to change his entire life through a simple process. Through a fun and interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of issues including mental illness, resilience, and wellness.

    Find out what can happen in workplaces when judgement and stigma are replaced with compassion. Reduced accidents, enhanced productivity, less turnover and heightened team morale are all possible.

  2. Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!

    Life will naturally bring us challenges and stress – the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of our lives. The ability to navigate through stress and adversity relies on developing certain thoughts and behaviours.

    Allan draws on his personal and professional experiences, leaving you inspired to persevere through your personal challenges rather than avoid or escape them. You will be encouraged to take an honest look at what lies beneath your stressors, and be provided the tools to heal through a holistic approach.

    Participate in an interactive quiz and an entertaining game of PieFace. You will walk away from this session with wellness strategies that are applicable in both your personal and professional life.

  3. How One Teacher Changed My Entire Life in 10 Minutes

    Countless students are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this pain. As a result, some individuals turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. Sadly, many students are suffering in silence. A smile can appear on the outside while they are in pain on the inside. For years, this was Allan.

    A university professor saw beneath Allan’s mask and changed his entire life through a simple process. Allan shares this approach in his message, and reassures his audience that nobody needs to be fixed, but that the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable.

    Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan explains what drives students to engage in destructive behaviors. He identifies key signs and reveals methods of intervention. Through an interactive quiz and valuable classroom activities, teachers will be better equipped to deal with the countless challenges that our students face.

  4. Goodbye Stress. Hello Life! - For Educators

    The profession of teaching comes with a seemingly endless list of demands. This chosen career combined with life itself will naturally bring challenges and stress, but the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact other areas of your life.

    Allan draws on his personal and professional experiences, leaving you inspired to persevere through your challenges rather than avoid or escape them. Allan encourages you to take an honest look at what lies beneath pain, and provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach. You will once again be the student as Allan takes you through an interactive quiz, and provides you with the opportunity to participate in an entertaining game of PieFace.

    You will walk away from this session with wellness strategies that are applicable in both your personal and professional life. When both teachers and students are able to effectively manage their stress, it creates a more conducive environment for learning to take place.

  5. Men and Mental Health – It’s Time to Talk

    While men and women are equally likely to struggle with mental health challenges, men are less likely to reach out for help. For years, Allan suffered in silence as he fought his own battles with mental illness and addictions.

    In an effort to avoid being perceived as weak or vulnerable, men have a tendency to bury their emotions deep within. Allan’s powerful message will inspire you to put a voice to your own challenges, and learn how to effectively talk to others about their mental health. Friends, coworkers and family members will benefit from Allan’s message, as they can learn how to better support men who are displaying signs of distress.

    Participate in an interactive quiz, and walk away with an increased understanding of issues including masculinity, suicide, substance use, resilience, and wellness. The relationship between men and mental health has been often been called a silent crisis. Allan breaks the silence. It’s time to talk.

Testimonials: 
As a conference designer for close to 30 years, Allan is among the most memorable because his talks have an impact. He exhibits qualities that make for a great experience: He speaks from the heart, he is a great story teller, and he has an important message that everyone should hear. In short Allan cares and it shows.
The Conference Board of Canada
If you are looking for a speaker with integrity, emotional intelligence and someone who connects with your audience, Allan is your guy! He comes across to his audience with such genuine heartfelt sharing that it draws a person to be an active listener. If you are a supervisor, front line worker, parent or friend, there is a takeaway message. There are times for laughter, emotional self-reflection, and above all, hope for improvement as a team or as an individual.
Chief Executive Officer, SASWH
Allan’s superior knowledge and compassionate nature makes him a valuable addition to any educational component. Allan has delivered numerous keynotes at our regional conferences, and his breakout workshops are always standing room only! Allan’s ability to read an audience is exemplary, and his evaluations are always excellent. I would highly recommend Allan as a speaker!
Events Programming & Delivery, WSPS
Allan is an energetic, captivating and dynamic speaker. He shares his stories in a way that tugs at the heart-strings while motivating you to make positive change. Every individual at the Canada’s Safest Employers gala were hanging on to his every word. Allan truly has a wonderful gift.
Editor Canadian Occupational Safety, Thomson Reuters
Allan’s message was the high point of our Mental Wellness Week activities, and I would highly recommend him. His message was delivered in such a caring, authentic and raw way that it had a tremendous impact on our audience. Allan made a difference in people’s lives today.
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