Today on the podcast I sit down with my old friend Dan Berstein to talk about mental health. We talk about his personal experiences with bipolar disorder, we discuss different perspectives on mental health and we dive into some of the work he has done as a mental health professional, most recently as a mediator focusing on communication and conflict resolution in mental health.
Just a little background about Dan. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in college at the age of 19 after a manic episode. Since then, he has spent 10 years learning about communities in mental health and developing skills that could help improve how people communicate about mental health issues and the different perspectives in mental health. He spent some time in law school and learned about mental health law, he interned at The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and he studied at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in the mental health department to learn more about the science of mental illness and mental disorders. He trained as a mediator with the New York Peace Institute and sat on their mediator advisory board where he learned more about different conflict resolution processes. He has been a facilitator and operations committee member of the Mood Disorders Support Group of New York where he facilitated support groups for people living with bipolar disorder, unipolar depression, anyone with any kind of mental disorder under 30 and their family members and supporters. He hosted The National Dialogue on Mental Health in their first event in NYC and the first one around the country that brought together different stakeholders and then he was asked to give a webinar for all the future event organizers to learn how to do the same. He has given trainings to mediators in over 10 states and has facilitated webinars for the National Association for Community Mediation and for the federal government teaching people about how to communicate better about mental health issues.
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