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How to Talk About Mental Health Without Offending Everyone - TEDx

by Dan Berstein
August 2017 Dan Berstein

Mediator Dan Berstein shares his journey to being open with his bipolar disorder, and how conflict resolution skills can help us overcome barriers to having conversations about mental health. In this profound story, learn how to get past the assumptions, paternalism, and stigma to make room for the other person's story and connect.

Dan Berstein is a mediator who wants to improve how we talk about mental health. After he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, he encountered stigma and paternalism, which inspired him to seek out ways to empower people. He discovered mediation and has since traveled around the US teaching mental health stakeholders to apply conflict resolution practices. Dan hosted New York City's first community conversation event as part of Barack Obama's National Dialogue on Mental Health.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Dan Berstein is a mediator and trainer known for his work in mental health communication, accessibility, and challenging behaviors.  Through his company, MH Mediate, Dan has trained mediators in over a dozen states and practitioners at a wide variety of organizations and government agencies. 

Dan holds a master’s degree in Mental Health and certificate in Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as well as a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School.  He sat on the Mediator Advisory Board of the New York Peace Institute and is Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.  In collaboration with the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, Dan hosted New York City's first National Dialogue on Mental Health event and is developing more resources focused on conflict resolution and mental health.

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