07 November 2014
As 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.