07 November 2014

Street Talk

Street TalkAs Bristol's new services - collectively known as Bristol Mental Health - start to get underway, colleagues are already getting out and about.

Assessment and recovery staff took to the streets with Big Issue outreach workers as part of the magazine's health week.

Tony Bohanna, senior practitioner, and Sam Kozak, recovery navigator with Bristol-based mental health charity Second Step, both part of Bristol Mental Health's central assessment and recovery service, chatted to vendors, answered questions and raised awareness of the new services.

Sam has experience of working with homeless people and aims to keep up the relationship in her new role with Bristol Mental Health. She said: "Many homeless people have mental health problems but are lost in the system and unsure how to find the right support - it is important the new team of recovery navigators in Bristol are aware of this and strengthen our connections with organisations such as the Big Issue."

Tony said: "It was an honour to join the Big Issue outreach worker for the morning, meeting vendors in central Bristol with the aim of providing much needed hot coffee, chocolate and extra copies of the new edition. Although it was a bright sunny day, it was cold and the vendors appreciated a hot beverage and supportive chat.

"I would ask that all staff in Bristol Mental Health ensure they show support and buy a weekly copy of the magazine."

The health week is run every year by the Big Issue Foundation and features events and activities designed to promote, inform and encourage health and wellbeing among Big Issue vendors.

For more about the new services in Bristol, take a look at the latest issue of Bristol Mental Health News on the Bristol Mental Health website - you can also subscribe for future issues.

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