First, let’s start with the name.

Pronounced with a long “I” sound, the name “VĪV” is derived from – and rhymes with – the words “survive” and “revive“. These words represent two of the most prominent pillars in a mental health journey, highlighting the need for individuals to not only cope with and work through challenges, but also the need to take action in recovery, prevention, and self-empowerment.

Founded in 2020, the first iteration of VĪV Mental Health was simply called “The VĪV Mental Health Initiative” and began as an advocacy project by founder Kristopher Marks. Kris launched “The VĪV Mental Health Podcast” at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and grew a substantial social media following by sharing his personal experiences with accessing mental health resources, surviving suicide, coping with depression, and by helping to de-stigmatize the conversations surrounding mental health. As a Red Seal Journeyman machinist, Kris was able to grow an audience within the trades and with those who also struggled to manage their mental health while working in physically and mentally-demanding careers. He also found support in the spaces of men’s mental health, workplace wellness, and community engagement.

Kris became certified as a Psychological Health & Safety Advisor through the Canadian Mental Health Association and began facilitating workplace mental health and respectful workplace training for businesses across Alberta. Opportunities to deliver keynote speeches at conferences, schools, and community events soon followed, and he quickly grew to become a respected and prominent voice in the spaces of mental health, leadership, resilience-building, and empowerment.

VĪV Mental Health supports three key stakeholders: Workplaces, Communities, and Schools. We also provide professional media production through our subsidiary VĪV Productions, ranging from podcast production and social media content to training videos and other audio/visual engagement services.

We are passionately committed to ensuring that accessible, affordable, and inclusive mental health support is available to everyone, and that it is delivered with purpose, consistency, and compassion. Our goal is to innovate beyond expectations and work to improve upon the systems and resources already in place.

We look forward to sharing our passion and commitment to better health with you, your workplace, and your community.

Kris Marks

Kris is the founder and CEO of VĪV Mental Health, an initiative developed in 2020 as a platform to innovate how mental health training, advocacy, and engagement could be delivered to businesses, schools, and communities. The name “VĪV” was derived from (and rhymes with) the words “survive” and “revive”, two key pillars in Kris’ own mental health journey and subsequent work in the mental health field. Kris is a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor (Canadian Mental Health Association) with training certificates in both Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid.

Rachelle Kay

Rachelle is the Project Manager & Program Development Specialist at VĪV Mental Health. Her client-centred approach and passion for innovation keeps the VĪV team focused on their goals, guiding clients from assessment to the delivery of exceptional resources and training. She is a skilled facilitator, developer, and detail-oriented action-taker.


“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

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“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


“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.”


Graduate student