Supporting Workplaces

Leadership development, employee training, small business support, and much more.

Keynotes & Presentations

Inspiring, captivating, engaging, and sincere. A passionate voice for mental health.

Communities & Classrooms

Bringing mental health education to communities, classrooms, and more.

Our Vision.

We believe that everyone deserves accessible, affordable, and inclusive mental health support. From bustling small businesses to nationwide companies, VĪV Mental Health proudly supports workplaces across Canada by providing our clients with exceptional mental health training, leadership development, strategy implementation, specialized support for small businesses, and better access to mental health resources.

We also proudly support students though interactive classroom and school presentations, education for parents and guardians, and specialized training for educators and school staff. We work closely with communities by hosting local events, workshops, presentations, speeches, and through the development of mental health programs for not-for-profits and community initiatives.

VĪV Mental Health is committed to empowering people through education, innovative strategies, compassionate leadership, and creating better access to resources. Together, we strive to create a culture where lived experiences are heard, challenges are acknowledged, people are valued and understood, and barriers are effectively addressed – paving the way for healthier, more resilient communities.

Rural Seniors Wellness Initiative

The VĪV Mental Health Podcast

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Stand Up For Mental Health

Testimonials

“Kris and Rachelle facilitated two leadership workshops for our global workforce and they fulfilled all expectations! The presentations were highly engaging, fostering an environment where our staff felt comfortable sharing their insights and experiences. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we eagerly anticipate future sessions!”

Mary Oguntoyinbo

IntouchCX - Global EX Strategy

“The training was amazing – I’d like a full day next time! Kris was very responsive to the room and sparked some great conversations. As a mom and as well as a leader in my workplace I will definitely be implementing what I learned both at home and with my teams. Thank you for exploring these topics through so many different lenses.”

Leadership Training Participant

Mental Health Summit 2024

“Incredible. Kris was the perfect facilitator. The pace was great – and how he shared details about his personal journey throughout made me feel like I could share my thoughts more. There was so much to take away from this workshop, I’m so happy I took this.”

Workplace Training Participant

Explore Edmonton

“When you work with Kris and Rachelle you get realness. This consulting team is so thoughtful in their design, approach, and delivery with clients. Kris brings charisma, heart and I love the work they are both doing in the community. I would recommend them to any company for training and facilitation about mental health!”

Tara Langan

Career TLC

“I have had the pleasure of working with Kris and the VĪV team on a number of occasions – I highly recommend! Kris is genuine, authentic, and an excellent leader and collaborator. He brings so much value to every piece of work and creates strong, healthy environments to work in.”

Tiffany Connauton

Beyond Diversity Inc.

“Kris is compassionate, resourceful, and his sessions and conversations are always so thoughtful and relevant. His superpower seems to be that he can draw out the best in people, helping others feel comfortable with their own vulnerability and creating a safe space for folks to exist freely without judgement.”

Justin Lessard

Mental Health Therapist

“I’ve been listening to your podcast and I love it. It’s so good! Thank you so much for being so vulnerable and sharing your story. It makes it so much easier for people to open up and help remove the stigma behind mental health struggles. Thank you so much!”

Podcast Listener

“Kris is a true professional. From the start of his presentation to the end, he had the full attention of my students. A talented speaker with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. I highly recommend!”

Nick Foley

Professor, Loyalist College

“One of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard. Amazing job.”

J.J. Richard

Listener

“I just wanted to reach out and thank you for speaking to our class today, it really resonated with me. As someone who’s struggled with mental health for a long time, hearing you talk about you personal struggles felt so relatable and less lonely. I appreciate your candour.”

Mykayla

Graduate student

A few words from VĪV Mental Health founder, Kristopher Marks.

 

I don’t have to know you to care about you” is a very meaningful mantra for me. I love the idea that compassion is this limitless resource we all have access to, a printable currency that we’re able to spend on anyone without reservation. It became the ethos that drives every initiative, every program, and every innovation at VĪV.

The name “VĪV” is derived from (and rhymes with) the words “survive” and “revive“, representing two of the most important pillars in my personal journey. My lived experiences became catalysts for launching VĪV Mental Health. “They gave your story a purpose,” a friend once said to me. “Purpose and passion”.

I have endured many challenges throughout my life, but I did not survive them alone. At some point along the way – often at many points – there were people who supported me, showed compassion, and perhaps most importantly, offered the gifts of safety and opportunity. Opportunities to feel safe healing, growing, trying, and sometimes failing. To not only heal, but to emerge from the process even stronger. Better than we were before. What a gift indeed.

I have seen – and experienced myself – the cracks in our support systems, the gaps in communication, the silent struggles, and the cries for help. I’ve witnessed the hesitancy to engage in difficult-yet-necessary conversations about mental health and well-being. It’s clear that change and innovation aren’t just needed – they’re imperative. Our passion for mental health comes with a palpable urgency and conviction. Whether it’s revolutionizing workplace cultures, building better leaders, innovating our approach to mental health training, connecting with students and teachers, or using arts and digital media as tools for engagement, we are constantly evolving to meet the growing needs of our communities.

Our team is deeply committed to leading VĪV in a way that embodies our core belief: that everyone deserves to be supported with compassion and dignity, and be provided with accessible resources that are as resilient and adaptable as the people we aim to support.

It takes a village. Thank you for helping us build one.

In gratitude,