The Power of the Talking Circle | Allan Kehler

I spent 8 summers riding around on a gator working for the City of Saskatoon.

Every season, I used up all of my sick time due to my mental health challenges. However, I never knew how to talk about my mental health struggles with my supervisors, and my supervisors struggled to have that conversation with me.

Recently, I was able to have that conversation and a whole lot more. After delivering few keynotes to the City of Saskatoon employees, the supervisors gave themselves permission to participate in a talking circle.

In the circle, nobody is above and nobody is below. We are all the same.

I watched the proverbial masks slowly disappear, and each individual was able to share their own challenges related to mental health.

There were a lot of tears and a few laughs, but most of all we connected at a human level.

We left the circle feeling seen, heard, and supported.

Thank you Brendan, Jacquie, and Bernadette for giving your team permission to be vulnerable, and for strengthening this conversation.


“What’s stronger than a broken man who has the courage to rebuild himself? It’s time to redefine what it means to be strong.”

- Allan Kehler