Each week Help and Hope Southcoast features someone in the region who is helping to lift others up and end the stigma of mental illness. Today’s local hero conversation is with Matthew Boyd from Child & Family Services.
Matthew oversees a team that does crisis interventions for Child & Family Services. He has worked with all age groups but currently focuses his time on children and families. He believes in the power of hope to make a difference in others’ lives and to prevent suicide.
Name: Matthew Boyd
Lives in: New Bedford
What he does: Mobile Crisis intervention Program Manager
His Superpower is: Empower others and instill hope. Hope is the key to suicide prevention.
How does your work contribute to better mental health in the Southcoast?
In my role, I oversee crisis interventions that are completed by the Emergency Services Team. I provide consultation and collaboration to schools and local providers to ensure continuity of care.
What inspired you to work to end mental stigma?
I have worked with a variety of populations for the past 19 years including geriatrics, adolescents, and children. I have been employed by Child & Family Services for the past 9 years.
My goal is to spread awareness of mental health and provide interventions so individuals no longer have to suffer in silence.
What's the best way for people to get in touch, follow you and/or learn more about what you do?
www.child-familyservices.org or 508-996-3154