The Talking Mental Health Toolkit for Empowering Mental Health Conversations consists of three user-friendly, one-page resource guides, which function as actionable tools that guide people to have empowering mental health conversations using conflict resolution practices. 

While each resource guide is meant to be self-explanatory for easy use, the toolkit is also accompanied by a freely available, online Empowering Mental Health Conversations webinar which teaches lessons corresponding to the guides.

Anyone can use these guides – they are designed to be appropriate for all sorts of mental health stakeholders including workplaces, schools, families, service providers, and social settings.


Access the Toolkit

Fill out the information below and click “Submit” to gain immediate access to the Talking Mental Health Toolkit for Empowering Mental Health Conversations and its companion Empowering Mental Health Conversations webinar.


Project Partners


  • MH Mediate was founded by mediator Dan Berstein to advance best practices in mental health communication and conflict resolution.  MH Mediate provides trainings, mediation services, and organizational consulting to help people talk about mental health, resolve conflicts, address challenging behaviors, and become accessible to diverse needs.


  • The CUNY Dispute Resolution Center (CUNY DRC) is a hub of conflict resolution events, programs, and resources based at John Jay College in New York City.  The CUNY DRC has collaborated with MH Mediate on many mental health-focused projects including the Dispute Resolution in Mental Health Initiative (training peer specialists in mediation skills) and New York City’s first National Dialogue on Mental Health event as part of Barack Obama’s call for mental health conversations around the country.


Funded By New York’s Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund


  • The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) awarded a Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Grant to fund the Talking Mental Health Toolkit.  The funding comes from taxpayer contributions received through a voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016. This program allows taxpayers to donate easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their NY State taxes, similar to other provisions where taxpayers can support Alzheimer’s research, breast cancer awareness, and other efforts.  
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