About MH Mediate

Please click the tabs below to learn more about MH Mediate, or scroll down to watch founder Dan Berstein’s TEDxTalk about using conflict resolution to improve mental health communication and see examples of some past MH Mediate clients.


About MH Mediate


MH Mediate was founded in 2012 to provide trainings, tools, and consulting services focused on four key areas:

  • Mental Health Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Accessibility (and Disability Accommodations)

MH Mediate also provides mediation and conflict coaching services for professional and family matters.  MH Mediate has provided programs for universities, workplaces, housing providers, dispute resolvers, and mental health stakeholders throughout the United States.


CUNY Dispute Resolution Center

MH Mediate developed the Dispute Resolution in Mental Health (DRMH) Initiative in collaboration with the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College.  With funding from organizations such as the AAA-ICDR Foundation and the NY State Office of Mental Health's Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund, the DRMH Initiative has developed innovative resources for peer specialists, families, and laypeople looking to learn conflict resolution skills and improve their mental health communication.  

Conflict Connections

MH Mediate partnered with Conflict Connections to develop the Challenging Workplace Behavior Summit.  We found the top experts for the ten toughest behaviors at work and developed actionable interview programs to help people understand and address these behaviors.  We paired it with a full set of resources to function as a complete toolkit for challenging behaviors at work.

About the Founder


Dan Berstein, MHS is a mediator and trainer known for his work in mental health communication, conflict resolution, and accessibility. His specialty is applying conflict resolution best practices to help organizations have empowered communication.  Dan has a master's degree in Mental Health and certificate in Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he founded a Conflict Resolution Training Project through the JHU Social Innovation Lab. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Wharton Research Scholar.

Dan is a mediator, conflict coach, and former Mediator Advisory Board member at the New York Peace Institute. He is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution's Diversity Committee, where he also leads the Mediation Committee in its diversity efforts and in its development of a best practices toolkit. Dan is public with his bipolar disorder to help raise mental health awareness and counteract stigmas.

Conferences and Keynotes

Mental Health Conferences

  • Mental Health Stigma Conference (Keynote Remarks - Columbia Teachers College, 2016)
  • All Ivy League Mental Health Conference (Keynote Remarks - University of Pennsylvania, 2016)
  • International Association for Peer Supporters (2016)
  • Behavioral Health Peers Conference (2016, 2015)
  • New York City Peer Specialist Conference (2017, 2016, 2013)
  • Alternatives Conference (2017)
  • Temple University Community Inclusion Summit (2017)

Conflict Resolution Conferences

  • American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution (2017, 2018)
  • New York State Council for Divroce Mediation (2017)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (National) (2016, 2013)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York (2012, 2014)
  • Academy for Professional and Family Mediators (2013)






Some Past Clients