Matt Williams has generously agreed to talk to us about the issues boys and dads struggle with, why it matters, and tips and techniques that may help to support them. We believe Matt’s talk will be of interest to both parents of boys struggling with mental health issues, and fathers coping with children whose behaviour is causing distress.
Matt Williams has been a listening volunteer and Trustee with Samaritans since 2009 and was Director of Oxford Samaritans between 2019 and 2022. He continues to lead Oxford Samaritans’ Feet on the Street proactive outreach initiative.
In his day job within the NHS, Matt is the Senior Programme Manager for Mental Health within Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; working across the Thames Valley and South East England to adopt and evaluate innovative approaches to supporting and treating those with mental health conditions.
Matt chairs the Suicide Prevention and Intervention Network (SPIN), a multi-agency network operating across the Thames Valley, which promotes the message that suicide prevention is everybody’s business.
He is also engaged with the dedicated male suicide prevention charity the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and, with colleagues, established the Thames Valley ‘CALMzone’ across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes; the third such CALMzone in the UK (after those in Merseyside and London).
Matt is also the Co-Founder and Chair of the Oxfordshire Men’s Health Partnership and co-produced Oxfordshire Recovery College’s innovative “Men, Mental Health, and Society” course which he continues to deliver each term alongside those with lived experience of mental health issues and suicidal ideation.