Allan Kehler

Resilience, Stress Management, and MENtal Health Expert

Allan Kehler empowers his audiences and is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. He has gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach. Allan is one of Canada’s leading experts on stress, mental health and addictions. He spent most of his career working as an addictions counselor, clinical case manager, and instructor at several colleges. Kehler continues to help those who suffer from addictions as an addictions, mental health and trauma therapist. Allan Kehler has delivered hundreds of presentations in Canada. As a result, he gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach in his presentations. Allan is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).

Allan Kehler has experienced first-hand the lifelong effects of mental illness and substance abuse. These experiences taught him valuable life lessons that have guided Allan on a path of success. His commitment and understandings to the lifelong process of recovery enables him to equip audiences with invaluable tools. In addition, he shares how one university professor changed his life through a simple process. This relationship was key to Allan’s success and recovery. Allan Kehler identifies that social circumstance are especially relevant, but individual choice is what leads down a positive or negative path. As a result, Allan Kehler understands that personal choice directly impacts the first steps to recovery and and achieving health.

Kehler’s message demonstrates how to create a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment to addresses mental illness and substance abuse in all individual and group environments. Allan delivers practical solutions to identify and develop strategies to create an accepting workplace culture and company policies. He also helps individuals effectively identify stress, mental health and addictive behaviours within themselves and those around them. Most of all, he will identify the “what to dos” and “what not to dos” when dealing with these issues with working and personal relationships.

Allan Kehler has spent years working as an addictions counselor, clinical case manager, and instructor at several colleges. Furthermore, Allan Kehler is a best-selling author of three books, with Stepping Out from the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions, being incorporated into college curricula. Because of his personal experience and expertise, numerous national magazines have published Allan’s work. He has been interviewed featured on several television and radio programs including Global News Network, CBC and OMNI TV.

Allan currently lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his beautiful wife, four boys, two dogs, and cat. His genuine appreciation and passion for the First Nations culture has led to his current position as an instructor at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies.

Topic Presentations

Are you someone who wants to exist?  Or 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.

This keynote will empower you to live.  Get ready to take a break from our fast-paced society, and slow down to reflect on your own needs.

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 an exciting games of Pie-Face, you are guaranteed to walk away with an increased understanding of stress and wellness.  You will be empowered to take back control and create a life of happiness no matter what surrounds you.  The time has come to stop existing and start living for YOU.

Takeaways from Goodbye Stress.  Hello Life!

  • Identify the difference between existing and living

  • Explore stress management tools to prevent burnout for both your personal and professional life

  • Rediscover yourself through the Who Am I Wheel exercise

  • Reveal your current state of wellness through a Balance wheel activity

  • Learn how to focus on what's in your control and release the rest

The relationship between men and mental health has often been referred to as a silent crisis. In an effort to avoid being perceived as weak or vulnerable, many men have a tendency to bury their emotions deep within.

Based on Allan’s bestselling book MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk, this keynote features men who have persevered through their own mental health challenges. These lived experiences will provide a better understanding of topics relating to: masculinity, mental illness, addiction, sexual abuse, suicide, and ultimately wellness.

Audience members, of all genders, will benefit from this timely message in various ways. Men will be able to relate to other men’s lived experiences, recognize that vulnerability is often met with compassion not judgement, and understand the freedom that comes from reaching out for help. Women will gain a new perspective on this issue and receive the confidence to reach out and connect with the men in their lives.

This keynote is guaranteed to break the silence surrounding men and mental health, and is a powerful reminder that the time to talk is now.

Takeaways from MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk:

• Identify barriers that prevent men from seeking help

• Inspire men to embrace vulnerability as their superpower

• Understand how men react differently to mental health issues than women

• Redefine what it means to “be a man’’

• Learn how to better support the men in our lives

When it comes to mental health, there are countless barriers that prevent individuals from seeking help. This includes everything from the fear of judgement or failure, to being perceived as lesser than others or weak.

Because of these barriers, people often believe that silence is the safer option. This, in turn, causes individuals to sacrifice their happiness, health, and future success. However, silence has never been the answer, and understanding the power of your voice is the first step in finding true freedom.

Having experienced these challenges first-hand, Allan shares his captivating story of resilience and hope. Through his message, your audience will learn how to share their own story, step into their vulnerability, and connect to themselves and others in a more authentic way. By finding their own voice, they will be able to inspire others to find theirs.

Takeaways from Mental Health: Finding Your Voice

• Reflect on one’s mental health through an interactive quiz

• Identify barriers that prevent individuals from seeking help

• Review strategies to support someone who appears to be in distress

• Shatter the stigma and stereotypes associated with mental health

• Learn the 6 commitments to creating wellness in the workplace

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Goodbye Stress. Hello Life!

We live in a fast-paced society with a seemingly endless list of demands. Life naturally brings its share of challenges and stress-the key is moving forward so that it doesn’t impact the other areas of your life. It has been said that the greatest challenge in life is discovering who we are. The next test is being happy with what we find. Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan inspires you to persevere through your personal challenges rather than avoid them. He empowers you to take an honest look at what lies beneath your stressors, and provides the tools to hear through a holistic approach. You will be inspired to stop existing and start living for you. This is YOUR journey. You will be empowered to take back control and create a life of peace and happiness no matter what surrounds you.

Stepping Out From the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions

Are you experiencing a loss of control around your own personal substance use? Do you currently know a loved one who is struggling with addictions, self-injurious behaviors, or suicide? Do you find yourself feeling lost or helpless about the situation? Education is the greatest tool to assist in your time of need. Whether you are going through addictions personally, or have been observing a loved one struggle with addictions, this book will guide you. You will learn the tools that will allow you to take your power back, and regain control over your own life. There is always hope, and a new life awaits that is free from chaos and uncertainty.

MENtal Health: It’s Time to Talk

The stigma surrounding mental health is lessening, but men still face unique barriers that prevent them from seeking help. In an effort to avoid being perceived as weak or vulnerable, men have a tendency to bury their emotions deep within.

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