30 August 2016
Faces of Bristol Mental Health: Mike Bingham
Job title: Recovery Navigator, Assessment and
Recovery Service, Central and East
1. What does your job involve?
I cycle around the community, from St Werburghs up to Fishponds,
meeting service users with a variety of mental health issues. I
support people with their tailor-made recovery plans and help them
navigate through the system - linking them to different support
services depending on their needs.
2. What do you enjoy best about your
Meeting a variety of service users with very varied and
fascinating experiences of life in Bristol. Seeing the smile on
people's faces when they realise they can achieve new skills and
confidence outside of their comfort zone.
3. Describe how you're feeling today in three
Calm, focused, energised.
4. What do you do to keep mentally
I'm lucky that I have a small garden with a pond, veg patch and a
dart board on the shed. Thirty minutes in the garden helps me
rebalance after a stressful day.
5. What do you like best about Bristol?
The variety, creativity, diversity and friendly communities.
6. What would you recommend that people try in the
LinkAge are fantastic if you're over 55 and
looking for some activities to get you out of the house and
socialising in your area. Failing that, a walk around the harbour
is always good for relaxing and clearing your thoughts!