Higher Education

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.  We deliver in-person and online programs in the following areas:


Skill-Building Workshops for Faculty, Staff, and Students

  • Mental Health Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Addressing Challenging Behaviors
  • Becoming Accessible to Diverse Abilities (and Disabilities)
  • Overcoming Mental Health Stigma

Policy Consulting

  • 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

Resource Development

  • On-Demand Trainings and Tools
  • Custom Scripts for Enhanced Communication
  • Universal Handouts Illustrating Wellness Policies, Conduct Policies, and Resources


Sample Resources


How to Talk About Mental Health Without Offending Everyone 


Contact dan@mhmediate.com or use the short form below to get in touch with us about a program at your institution.




“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  


“Dan is an excellent facilitator. He speaks from personal experience, and is an effective communicator on the importance of understanding the impact of our campus decisions when working with a variety of mental health issues or concerns.” 


About MH Mediate

MH Mediate helps mental health stakeholders talk about mental health, resolve conflicts, address challenging behaviors, and become accessible to diverse needs. We have developed resources and programs for clients in over a dozen states, including government agencies, universities, workplaces, mental health service providers, and many others.  

MH Mediate 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.  MH Mediate has recently received funding from the NY State Office of Mental Health to develop a “Talking Mental Health Toolkit” building on conflict resolution principles. 



About Dan Berstein, MH Mediate Founder

Dan Berstein is a mediator and trainer who is public with his story living with bipolar disorder as part of The Stability Network’s efforts to change the conversation about workplace mental health.  He has presented workshops and keynotes for dozens of conferences including keynote remarks at the All Ivy Leage Mental Health Conference and the Columbia University Mental Health Stigma Conference.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Wharton and a master’s degree in Mental Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he received a Health Communication certificate and where he launched a Mental Health Conflict Resolution Training Project as part of the university’s Social Innovation Lab.  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, and a Mediator Advisory Board member for the New York Peace Institute.  He is currently the Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.