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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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Apr 13, 2018  
Consortium for Community Development 
175 W. Main Street 
Benton Harbor, MI 
08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, this free eight-hour training teaches participants how to assist young people experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. Training reviews typical adolescent development, teaches a 5-step action plan to help young people in crisis, and helps participants understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

A training manual and certification is provided upon completion. Preregistration is required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544

Unveiling Invisible Injuries: Building a Trauma Informed Court & Community

Thursday, April 19, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College – Upton F-104

This multi-disciplinary training program will support the Berrien County Trial Court and its community partners to raise awareness about the effects of trauma in children, and help develop trauma-informed responses and systems of care. 
The afternoon portion of the training will include breakout sessions for professional stakeholder groups. In addition, the event will be live-streamed on YouTube.

“You Are Not Alone: Voices Of Our Veterans” 

Tuesday, May 1st
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
475 Green Avenue
Benton Harbor

There will be an interactive and open panel-led discussion about mental health, with a focus on the emotional health and well-being of all who serve, or have served, our country.

Adult Mental Health First Aid Training

Friday- June 29- 2018

Friday- September 28- 2018

The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.

The adult course is available in both English and Spanish. Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and play various roles in a community.


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

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.

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

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

myStrength-A Digital Behavioral Health Solution

Southwest Michigan Behavioral Heath has introduced a new resource for our community. We all struggle with our moods at times. Anxious or depressive thoughts can weigh us down. Some of us may struggle with drugs and alcohol. The myStrength digital solution offers proven web and mobile resources that can help. Click on the link below to read the flyer for more information on how to sign up today. 

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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