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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You Are Not Alone: No Shame November-Nov. 1

The Women's Health Council of Benton Harbor is hosting an interactive and open panel-led discussion about mental health, with a focus on men and all of the people who support them.

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017,6-8 pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 475 Green Ave, BH

International Survivors of Suicide Day

Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities. They look for comfort understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. This year, all gatherings will include a screening of The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope, a compelling AFSP-produced documentary about the suicide loss experience. Also scheduled is the new follow-up featurette, The Journey Revisited, in which six of the original Journey participants gather three years later to reflect on how their grief and healing journey is evolving. Click Here to watch the trailer.

Lory's Place will be hosting the event for our local area. It will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at  their Edgewater Center office at 445 Upton Drive in St. Joseph. Please RSVP to (269) 983-2707 prior to attending.

Suicide Prevention Town Hall Video

The town hall aired on the radio and on Facebook Live. The purposes was to bring awareness to the staggering statistics and effects of suicide on Berrien County and Michigan in general. Panelists provided information and answered questions to callers including those suffering with the thought of suicide.

Watch the video on Facebook Live.

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

Kevin's Song--A Silent Epidemic: A Conference on Suicide 2017, November 9-11

Date: Thursday-Saturday, November 9-11
Where: Plymouth, MI
Cost: From $75-$300; register by Sept. 30 for discount!

The 2017 Conference will focus on the latest research on suicide and prevention, the impact of suicide on youth and education, suicide among the nation's veterans and suicide in the workplace.

See event website
Register here

Suicide Risk Detection, Risk Assessment, Risk Management Class - Nov. 30, 8am-5 pm, South Bend

A registered best practice course in the detection, assessment and management of suicidal people from a medical, psychological and legal perspective. 

To register: RegisterRiskAssessmentClass

Upcoming Coalition Meetings

Next "Lakeland" meeting (see note below):

Tuesday, November 14, noon-1 pm:
We will meet the second Tuesday of the month in November
Meeting is at the Berrien Conference Room at the Health Dept, Benton Harbor.

Agenda for Nov. 14: Representatives from Gryphon Place in Kalamazoo (gryphon.org) will discuss their 24-hour crisis hotline and other suicide prevention services. Calls from Berrien County to the National Crisis and Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), are answered at Gryphon Place. See more details.

Please note: Due to construction at Lakeland, our November meeting will be at the Health Department Campus, 2149 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor (the former Schroeder Motors Mall).

Next Riverwood meeting:

Tuesday, December 19, noon-1 pm
Riverwood Center, Building Two, Benton Harbor

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)

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.

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