16 September 2016
Faces of BMH: Fathieh Wilkins
Job title: Apprentice Engagement Worker for
Assertive Contact and Engagement Service (ACE)
1. What does your job involve?
Connecting with hard to reach groups in the community and
supporting people to gain access to mental health services. I also
spend time at the Malcolm X Community Centre in St Paul' s
connecting with people. I'm fluent in Arabic, Romanian and English
and competent in Spanish, Greek and Italian, which often helps me
to communicate with people.
2. What do you enjoy best about your
I'm starting a conversation club at Barton Hill to help women to
'name' their emotions and recognise their responses to situations.
I enjoy this because it's a break through - it shows we are making
progress, that people are seeing the value of ACE and connecting to
the services that they need.
3. Describe how you are feeling today in three
Enthusiastic, grateful and introspective.
4. What do you do to keep mentally
I eat healthily, exercise and sleep well. I also love reading,
studying psychology and spending time with my daughter.
5. What do you like best about Bristol?
I love the fact that it's welcoming, accepting, diverse and that
the people are friendly. I've travelled to many places, having
worked as a tour guide, but have never felt the vibe that Bristol
has anywhere else in the world!
6. What do you recommend people try in the
Visit the awesome museums, try food from different communities,
cycle, visit parks, chat to people, get out and about and