08 December 2016
Faces of BMH: Anna Balcerek
Job title: CASS networker (inner city and east
1) What does your job involve?
Networking - talking to Bristol's third sector and community
organisations, as well as faith groups and sport groups, about good
mental health and how to access mental health support services when
this is needed. We give information about what's out there in the
city and we also run workshops about the stigma surrounding mental
2) What do you enjoy best about your
Meeting and talking to people. It's actually quite challenging to
initiate a meaningful conversation about mental health, especially
with people we don't know. I like talking about mental health and
how it impacts every small aspect of our lives.
3) Describe how you're feeling today in three
Way too talkative!
4) What do you do to keep mentally
I cycle everyday - I am very lucky to be able to use the cycle
path, so commuting to / from work is a pleasant, relaxing activity.
I also try and play badminton with my partner. Sleeping well is
very important to me, probably the most important thing for my
5) What do you like best about Bristol?
I came to Bristol because of love and the music. I found a lot of
love and even more music. And I know there's still even more coming
my way! I also love Bristol because it's the perfect base for
weekend trips around south-west England and Wales.
6) What would you recommend that people try in the
If you're looking for good food I'd recommend Jeevan Sweets on
Stapleton Road for their legendary homemade samosas. I'd also
recommend exploring Gloucester Road which I've heard is the longest
stretch of independently run shops in Europe.