Mental Health Advocate

Allan Kehler

Education. Mental Health. Safety. Wellness.

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Allan Kehler

Speaker Bio

Allan Kehler is a mental health advocate, international keynote speaker, and best-selling author of four books. His TEDx talk on men and mental health has gained international attention, and he has been featured on media publications across the country.

For nearly a decade, Allan instructed various mental health related courses at the college level while also working as an addiction’s counselor and clinical case manager.

After a life of complete self-destruction, Allan believes that the only reason he is still alive today is to carry a message. It has become his life’s mission to share his story in the hopes that others won’t have to suffer in silence that same way that he did.

Allan is a highly sought-after speaker on various topics related to mental health and wellness. He has stood on more than one thousand stages and is recognized for his engaging style and captivating approach.


Having persevered through his own challenges with mental illness, suicide, and addictions, Allan speaks from a place of experience. His moving stories tug on heartstrings, inspire a new perspective, and allow people to connect with themselves and others at a deeper level. He uses humor and compassion to create a safe space where people feel seen, heard, and supported.

Allan has developed a genuine appreciation and passion for learning and working with Indigenous people and communities. This has played a key role in his own recovery, and these cultural teachings can be found in his presentations.

Recently, Allan and his wife, Tanya, launched Born Resilient™ – a clothing line that empowers people to persevere through their challenges. They are proud to donate a percentage of their profits to organizations that promote wellness.

Allan Kehler Topics
Find Your Voice. Find Your Power. Prioritizing safety, mental health, and wellness.
Goodbye Stress. Hello Life! How to prioritize your wellness and start living for YOU!
Life-changing Mental Health Conversations. How one teacher can change a student’s life in 10 minutes.

In an effort to avoid being perceived as weak or vulnerable, many individuals have a tendency to bury their emotions deep within. However, silence has never been the answer, and understanding the power of your voice is the first step in finding true freedom for your mental well-being.

Having experienced challenges with mental illness, suicide and addictions first-hand, Allan shares his captivating story of resilience and hope. Through his message, you will learn how to share your own story, embrace vulnerability, and connect to yourself and others in a more authentic way. By finding your own voice, you will be able to inspire others to find theirs.

The silence has been broken, and the time to talk is NOW. Together, it’s possible to create a healthy workplace where individuals feel seen, heard, and supported™.

Takeaways from Find Your Voice. Find Your Power.
– Reflect on one’s mental health through an interactive quiz
– Identify barriers that prevent individual’s from seeking help
– Discuss why we respond differently towards our physical health than our mental health
– Review strategies to support someone who appears to be in distress
– Discover how to create an attitude of resilience
– Learn the 6 commitments to creating wellness in the workplace

Are you someone who wants to exist? Or, are you someone who wants to live? To exist is easy. You navigate through life on autopilot and rarely step outside of your comfort zone. As a result, you are never able to reach your full potential.

Drawing from his own experiences, Allan will inspire you to persevere through your personal challenges rather than avoiding or escaping them. You will be encouraged to take an honest look at what lies beneath your stress, and be provided with tools to heal through a holistic approach. Through an interactive quiz, various hands-on activities, and the exciting game of PieFace, you will recognize the importance of prioritizing your mental health.

Self-connection is necessary to regain a sense of power, balance, and control. Get ready to stop existing and start living for YOU!

Takeaways from Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!
– Reflect on one’s mental health through an interactive quiz
– Review the difference between existing and living
– Understand the relationship that exists between stress and performance
– Receive tools to manage stress and prevent burnout
– Discover how to stop feeling guilty when prioritizing your wellness
– Learn how to effectively navigate through change

Growing up, Allan was the president of his school, captain of sports teams, and athlete of the year. In university, the trend continued where he received a national scholarship for his outstanding academic achievements and community service. However, Allan was silently fighting a battle with mental illness and addiction. Nobody knew. Eventually, his world came crashing down, and Allan dropped out of school.

After returning to university, a teacher saw beneath Allan’s mask, and changed his entire life through a simple process. Allan shares this powerful approach, and reassures educators that nobody needs to be fixed. Rather, the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable.

As educators, we know that a student can’t succeed at an academic level if their emotional needs aren’t being met. Learn how to effectively talk to your students about mental health, and make sure that each individual feels seen, heard, and supported™.

Takeaways from: Life-changing Mental Health Conversations
– Reflect on one’s mental health through an interactive quiz
– Identify barriers that prevent students from seeking help
– Discuss how to support students who appear to be in distress
– Learn how to help students navigate through change
– Discover how to create an attitude of resilience
– Review the 6 commitments to creating wellness in the classroom

Allan Kehler

Stories of my life

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MENtal Health: It's Time To Talk
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Born Resilient
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Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!
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Allan Kehler

Heidi Paranych, CEO at RE/MAX Elite

“Agents are still raving about Allan’s keynote. He took the time to research our company, adapt his speech to our industry, and was a true professional. Allan’s delivery and genuine approach made the discussion of mental health applicable, and he made a difference in our Agent’s lives and their business.”

Michael Landsberg, Sports Journalist

“I have shared stages with Allan, and always find him to be powerful and relatable. I
realized each time that I wasn’t actually listening to him as a fellow speaker or
advocate, but as a sufferer of an illness that leaves me sometimes feeling alone and
isolated. Allan made me feel less of each. I felt empowered by his words, and also
by his recent book MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk.”

Ryan Jacobson, CEO at Saskatchewan Safety Council

“I first hired Allan to speak at our Safety Seminar in 2014. Since then, we have brought him back several times to share his message of mental health, safety, and resilience. Allan is repeatedly rated by delegates as one of their favorite speakers, and as an event planner I will never hesitate to bring him back! I am certain that Allan’s work has saved many lives, and that his continued leadership will save countless more.”


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