What is social prescribing?
The NHS describe social prescribing as:
Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer people to ‘services’ in their community instead of offering only medicalised solutions. Often the first point of referral is a link worker or ‘community connector’ who can talk to each person about the things that matter to them. Together they can co-produce a social prescription that will help to improve their health and wellbeing. The community activities range from art classes to singing groups, from running and hiking clubs to gardening, and to many other interest groups. It is taking off across the country, particularly with people who are lonely or isolated; people with mild mental health issues who may be anxious or depressed; and, those who struggle to engage effectively with services. (See NHS England.)
Why is the Centre interested in social prescribing?
Health, wellbeing and wellness coaching can include interventions similar to social prescriptions that involve joining walking groups and exercise clubs. These interventions can enhance wellbeing and self-esteem.
Care Options: Social Prescribing in Primary Care Teams
Social prescribing is emerging as an area of practice in mental health promotion and prevention and primary care provision. It involves primary care teams coordinating referrals of clients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety, to psychosocial/practical group activities within their communities. The full report can be viewed on the National Office for Suicide Prevention website www.nosp.ie
The video below provides an interesting overview.