Captivating | Authentic | Inspiring
Captivating | Authentic | Inspiring
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Transforming conversations around mental health
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.
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 onto his every word. He truly has a wonderful gift.
Allan validated the feelings I didn’t even realize I had in such a thoughtful and articulate way. Suddenly, I was looking at myself rather than focusing on the external factors. This was a powerful moment for me.
That evening the four of us who were in attendance let our walls down and connected with one another on a personal level which we had never done before. This never would have happened without Allan’s message.
To say Allan has faced adversity is a massive understatement. His journey to recovery is an undeniable story that puts life in perspective. Allan is on a mission to be a positive influence on society, and he will continue to impact all who hear his touching story.
Our community experienced several traumatic events which created an atmosphere of uncertainty and worry. Allan provided more than just words of wisdom, but also practical advice to parents. Allan’s presentation allowed our students and parents to open the doors of communication and gain the strength to deal with the topics many of us try to avoid.
I have attended several seminars on mental health and addictions in the workplace and found Allan’s to be, by far, the most personal, insightful, educational and informative. He brought humor to an otherwise heavy topic without compromising the seriousness of the message.
Allan comes across to his audience with such integrity that it draws a person to be an active listener. If you are a supervisor, front line worker, parent or friend, you can take something away from Allan’s message. There are times for laughter, emotional self-reflection, and above all, hope for improvement as a team or an individual.
Allan was an exceptional keynote speaker – he was both motivational and inspirational. He offered a balance of technical information, personal experience and interaction with the audience. I highly recommend Allan for any group wishing to explore themes of mental health and wellness.
Allan spoke to our team and the impact cannot be overstated. Allan’s life experience and powerful presentation gave our people new insights and understanding into what “Mental Healthiness” looks like. Allan is truly a World Class speaker, and when he speaks, people listen. There are a handful of speakers everyone should hear. Allan is one of them!
I have heard more than 100 presentations on similar topics but Allan’s approach is refreshing because it is so holistic and positive. He has a gift in reaching far beyond the facts and statistics. He talks to MY experience and MY desire to live fuller with more freedom. Allan is the speaker that supervisors and employee groups need to hear when planning topics around Addictions, EFAP, and Wellness.
Allan presented many great tools for dealing with stress that we can work into our daily lives and see positive results. To my surprise he was able to successfully convince a very reluctant group to participate in the game ‘Pie Face’. Judging by the amount of laughter in the room they clearly had fun doing it! Allan was compassionate, informative and entertaining. We’d invite him back in a heartbeat!
Allan uses his education and life experiences to engage a wide spectrum of audiences on the topics of mental health and stress management. He adds humour, facts and tools which make his sessions not only highly useful, but also highly entertaining. The audience is left reflecting on the impact of these topics in their own life and the lives of those around them.
I selected Allan to speak at the 2015 and 2017 CPHR Alberta conferences. His popular, standing-room only presentation “Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!” showcased his excellence as a speaker. Allan is knowledgeable, authentic, inspiring, and he carefully weaves humour into his presentations. Allan provides guidance to HR professionals regarding how to approach and support individuals in the workplace who are struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
Allan brings a powerful message of hope, empathy, and inspiration for teachers faced with the challenge and uncertainty about how to approach and assist students. Allan speaks with emotion, commitment, experience, and without reservation. It is his mission and hope that teachers discover ways to use his personal experience to ensure that no student feels the need to hide in silence.
Allan speaks from a place of experience. His challenges with mental illness began at the age of 14 and quickly escalated while he suffered in silence. On the outside people saw the man who was athlete of the year, captain of sports teams, and national scholarship recipient. However, on the inside was a man who was in pain. Lacking the tools to manage this pain Allan turned to a life of self-destruction and addiction.
Eventually Allan was given one month to live if he didn’t change his lifestyle. At that point, there is no way he ever thought that one day he would have a beautiful wife, four healthy kids, and a home not a house. But, as Allan shares in his message, it’s interesting what can happen when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, reach out for help, and access the supports at our fingertips.
Today, Allan is one of Canada’s most sought-after speakers when it comes to the topic of mental health. He has stood on more than 500 stages and is recognized for his dynamic and captivating approach.
Allan’s keynotes WILL:
Inspire individuals to examine their own wellness while challenging them to create change from within
Teach people how to proactively approach someone in emotional distress
Shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness to promote an understanding and supportive environment
Empower people to reach out for support to strengthen their mental wellness
Books by Allan Kehler
Allan’s fourth book is scheduled to be released January 29, 2020.
When it comes to mental health, too many men are suffering in silence. MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk tells the true stories of prairie men—including Chris Beaudry, former assistant coach of the Humboldt Broncos—who have persevered through various issues of mental health.
These men understand that the conversation around men’s mental health won’t get better unless they make it better.
The time to talk is now.
Allan In The Media
- The Western Producer examines Allan’s thoughts on mental well-being in agriculture.
- CTV Morning News interviews Allan to discuss his book MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk.
- The Saskatoon Star Phoenix discusses Allan’s role on a panel for men’s mental health.
- Your Workplace magazine explains how stress can impact your performance in the workplace
- The Saskatoon Express features Allan’s personal struggles with mental illness and addictions, and resilience
- The Canadian Occupational Safety magazine discusses when to walk away from a stressful workplace
- Interview with Lisa Peters Access 7 News
Nobody needs to be fixed. Rather, Allan understands that everyone has the ability to answer their own questions if the right questions are asked.
Through a client-centered approach Allan meets each client where they are in life and gently guides them through change.
Appointments can either be done in person or online through Zoom.
Allan holds a professional membership with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers