08 December 2016

Faces of BMH: Anna Balcerek

 Anna Balcerek

 

Job title: CASS networker (inner city and east Bristol)

 

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 health.

 

2) What do you enjoy best about your role?
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 words.
Way too talkative!

 

4) What do you do to keep mentally healthy?
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 mental health.

 

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 city?
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.

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