Guest: Toy Burton
Founder & Executive Director, DeeDee’s Cry
Toy Burton is the Founder and Executive Director of two organizations, DeeDee’s Cry and the Roxbury Unity Parade. DeeDee’s Cry was named after her sister, Denita Shayne Morris (DeeDee), who died by suicide when she was twenty-three years old, in 1986. DeeDee’s Cry works to create family and community-friendly spaces, events, and activities around mental health and suicide prevention in communities of color. Toy Burton is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Roxbury Unity Committee/Roxbury Unity Parade which celebrates the culture, diversity, and beauty of Roxbury.
host: Dr. Mathieu Bermingham
Board of Directors, NAMI Massachusetts
Mathieu Bermingham, MD, graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine and subsequently completed a combined residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is the Medical Director of Children Services of Roxbury and has a private practice, MetroWest Center for Well Being. He is a consultant to the Department of Mental Health in early childhood mental health. He is the former psychiatrist for Central Massachusetts MCPAP region, and he was a consulting psychiatrist at Coordinated Family-Focused Care. He is a founder of the Haitian Mental Health Network created in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In medical school, as an Albert Schweitzer Urban Fellow, Dr. Bermingham developed a violence prevention program for middle schools in Dorchester. He is a board member of the Professional Parent Advocacy League (PPAL); Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health: Birth to Six (Mass AIMH); National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts (NAMI); and the Professional Advisory Committee on Child and Adolescent Mental Health of the State Mental Health Planning Council (PAC).