For Universities

MH Mediate works with university staff and students to help them have effective mental health communication, with the goals of reducing stigma, increasing student empowerment, and developing efficient universal practices for addressing challenging behaviors in an impartial manner.  

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Stages of College Mental Health Response Process

Our trainings, webinars, and consulting projects address the following stages of the University Mental Health Response Process:

  1. Prevention  How can we prevent problems from arising and promote desired behaviors?


  2. Pre-Intervention – How can we respond to early warning signs and de‐escalate potential problems?


  3. Intervention – How do we take effective action when problems arise?


  4. Follow-Up  How do we communicate and manage potential re‐integration after taking action?



How MH Mediate Can Help

We can help you improve you communication to address the following issues:

  • Developing Empowering Mental Health Referrals and Leaves of Absence Policies
  • Addressing Individual Student Needs in the Context of the Broader Community
  • Managing Expectations and Concerns About Mental Health Outcomes and Behaviors
  • Balancing Values of Student Wellness, Community Wellness, Safety, and Legal Requirements
  • Helping All Stakeholders Feel Empowered While Implementing University Policies
  • Engaging Students, Faculty, Staff, and Others in the University Community


Example Programs for Faculty and Staff

  • Skill-Building Workshops (Mental Health Communication, Conflict Resolution, Addressing Challenging Behaviors, Becoming Accessible to Disabilities)
  • On-Demand Tools and Trainings for Use When Situations Arise
  • Development of Custom Scripts for Enhanced Communication and/or Universal Handouts Illustrating Wellness Policies, Conduct Policies, and Resources


Example Programs for Students

  • Facilitated Dialogue Events (including training student facilitators)
  • Skill-Building Workshops (Mental Health Communication, Conflict Resolution, Addressing Stigma
  • On-Demand Tools and Trainings for Use When Situations Arise
  • Supporting Student Leaders in Learning Effective Ways to Help and Make Referrals




“Dan was not only inspiring but uniquely skilled in taking his experience and knowledge and delivering it in a way that was graspable and “learnable” for my very diverse group of administrators who work together at Teachers College on the Psychological Response Team”

– Katie Embree, Vice Provost Columbia Teachers College  


About the Trainer

berstein-2Dan Berstein is a mediator living with bipolar disorder and the founder of MH Mediate, an innovative company at the forefront of mental health communication and conflict resolution.  Dan has been an awareness speaker for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the originator of their Let’s Talk Mental Illness school assembly program, a support group facilitator for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, a Mental Health First Aid instructor for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and a mediator for the New York Peace Institute.  He holds a master’s degree in Mental Health and certificate in Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he launched a Mental Health Conflict Resolution Training Project as part of the university’s Social Innovation Lab. He also founded the Mental Health Law Association at NYU Law and served as a legal intern at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law before leaving law school to focus on mental health communication.

Dan convened the first independently-organized National Dialogue on Mental Health event in response to Barack Obama’s call for community conversations on mental health.  It was the first to be inclusive toward diverse stakeholder groups and became a model for future organizers throughout the nation.  Through MH Mediate, Dan has provided mental health communication trainings in over a dozen states to clients including mental health service providers, legal agencies, universities, conflict resolution centers, and mental health peer organizations.  He has keynoted or presented workshops at many conflict resolution and mental health conferences including the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Academy for Professional Family Mediators, the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, the International Association of Peer Supporters, and the New York State Behavioral Health Peer Conference amongst others.

Contact to talk about developing a program at your university.