Our Mission

To connect the people of Berrien County to the information and resources they need for emotional wellness,
thereby preventing suicide

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Cookie from Candlelight Vigil

Thanks to all who attended our 4th Annual Candlelight Vigil on World Suicide Prevention Day 2017, Sunday, September 10. And a BIG thanks to all who volunteered and invested in our community

Annual Survivors Candlelight Vigil-Sept 26 (Mishawaka)

The Suicide Prevention Center of Mishawaka are sponsoring a vigil to remember those who have died by suicide.
When: Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: Sacred Waters, 16990 Douglas Rd, Mishawaka
Cost: Free

Mental Health Seminar: Suicide, Depresson & Anxiety Disorders-October 7

Half-day seminar on mental health presented by Marcia Wiinamaki, Psy., D. and Richard Watson, LPC, LLP, both of Christian Counseling & Psychological Services. RSVP by September 30.

Date: Saturday October 7, 2017
Time: 7:30-8:30 am, Grieving a Suicide, Signs & Prevention
          8:30 am-closing at 2:30 pm 
Where: Buchanan Christian Church*
Registration: $20, couples $30; contact 269-695-6621
*112 W. 3rd Street, Buchanan, MI (corner of 3rd & Moccasin

See Flyer

Run for Hope 5K

A timed run/walk supporting suicide prevention awareness. Course is a combination of pavement, dirt roads, and grass trails in and around Lake Michigan College Napier Campus.

When:  Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Where:  Lake Michigan College, 2755 E Napier Ave, BH
Cost:  $20 by 10/15; $25 by noon 10/27; $30 race day (or $15 ages 14 & under anytime)
Sponsors: SWMI Racers & Riverwood Center
Proceeds to: Berrien Co Suicide Prevention Coalition & American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

See website

See flyer

ASIST Training-September 19 & 20

The two‐day ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop will help you learn to recognize people at risk of suicide, talk, listen, and understand the situations and help people stay safe with a life affirming intervention. It is open to anyone 16 or older. It is widely used by both professionals and the general public.  ASIST offers something to every participant, no matter how experienced. Registration closes September 4.

Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 19 & 20
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Location: Gryphon Place, Kalamazoo
Cost: $30.00. CEUs are available. 

Click here to open a PDF with more information 
Register here

ASIST Training-October 23 & 24

Date: Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 23 & 24-attendance at both days is required
Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Location: South Bend, IN
Cost: $175, CEUs cost $10, ILEA approved

Youth Mental Health First Aid

For adults who regularly interact with adolescents, this FREE eight-hour training teaches how to assist young people experiencing a mental health crisis until help is received or the crisis is resolved. Preregistration is required. Call 269-556-2808 
or 866-260-7544.

Scheduled Sessions:
  • Full day class on November 17; evening classes on November 7 & 9, December 4 & 6

13 Reasons Why: What's Next?
This article from Living Works talks about the controversial Netflix drama"13 Reasons" and provides helpful information and links to assist you with discussions with young people about this series.

Click to View PDF

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR): Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals

The June 8 training in Kalamazoo is full. Please contact us if you are interested in a possible future class.

Lakeland's Community Health Needs Assessment

Lakeland recently completed a study of our community and its most critical health needs. Mental health was identified as the top concern. View the full report.

Upcoming Coalition Meetings

Next Lakeland* meeting:

Tuesday, September 19, noon-1 pm
Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, Community Room

(If you have trouble finding parking during construction, you can park in the First Church of God or Cedarwood parking lot and take the shuttle to the hospital. The shuttle is always running.)

Next Riverwood* meeting:

Tuesday, October 17, noon-1 pm
Riverwood Center, Building Two, Benton Harbor

See notes from the January 17 meeting with Frederick (Rick) Johansen, MD, MPH, the Medical Director for the Berrien County Health Department as he presented his findings and impressions from reviewing suicide deaths as our Medical Examiner.  

See meeting dates for 2017 and 2018

In General:

(If we ever need to cancel/reschedule a meeting due to inclement weather, we will post it on this website and on the closings at WSJM.)

The meetings that are scheduled for every other month at Riverwood are primarily for planning and involve the 5-9 coalition members.  The meetings at Lakeland (the other months) will be focused on gathering input from the community and planning events.  Both meetings are open to the public.

*See our bylaws for more information.

BerrienCares.org is a:

oalition of organizations and citizens  that is
esources to
uicide in in Berrien County, Michigan

Healthy Men Michigan Campaign

Healthy Men Michigan Campaign
Healthy Men Michigan is a campaign designed specifically to promote mental health and well being among middle-aged men who are living in Michigan. The Campaign offers free online screening and referral services such as self-assessments for a number of mental health issues and access to local, quality treatment options. While targeted toward men, the online screening can be accessed and used for free by anyone.
Help get the word out by sharing this link with others.


Please continue to promote safeTALK! This workshop is a great way to increase awareness about suicide to our community and how they can help. Workshops may be scheduled for specific audiences. A group of at least 10-12 and maximum of 25-30 is required, cost is $10/person.

Download a small flyer (3 on a page)

Stay Informed - Join our Email List

If you want to be notified about the time and topics for our meetings as well as other information we share about suicide prevention you will want to be on our emailing list. Send your request to us at ldwatford@gmail.com