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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Prevention Training Overview-January 16, 2018

We had a good turnout for this presentation, if you did not get to attend visit the "Training Page" to learn more about suicide prevention training that is available in Berrien County.

New Fact Sheet-Youth Suicidal Behaviors

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services just released a fact sheet on Michigan youth and suicidal behaviors.

Southwest Michigan Mental Health Community Resources List

The Lakeland Community Health and Wellness Department recently released a list that provides information about mental health resources in our community. They collaborated with Riverwood to produce this list. To view or download the list use the link below

Client openings in January 2018, at the Andrews Community Counseling Center

The Andrews Community Counseling Center (ACCC) will have openings for many new clients when they re-open in January, 2018, after the semester break (although individuals interested in services can call now and leave a confidential voicemail message to get on the waiting list now).  Graduate-level practicum students who provide these free counseling services at the ACCC have training in counseling adults, adolescents, and children. For more information visit our our Andrews Counseling information page or click below to view or download their brochure.


2018 Suicide Prevention Community Technical Assistance Meeting (CTAM)
The 2018 Suicide Prevention Community Technical Assistance Meeting (CTAM) will be held May 2-4, 2018, at the Ralph MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. Please view the SAVE THE DATE flyer at the link below, and share it widely.

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:
  • Evening classes on December 4 & 6

Mental Health Screening Online

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional - they are a checkup from your neck up. Andrews University has made a free online screening tool available to our community. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

Upcoming Coalition Meetings

Next Business meeting:

Tuesday, February 20, noon-1 pm
Riverwood Center, Building Two, Benton Harbor

Next Informational meeting (see note below):

Tuesday, March 20, noon-1 pm:

Please note: Due to construction at Lakeland, our January meeting will be at the Health Department Campus, 2149 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor (the former Schroeder Motors Mall). We plan to be back at Lakeland for the April informational meeting.

See meeting dates for 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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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.