Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

Many things affect your health and well-being. General Practicianers tell us that a lot of people visit them feeling isolated, lonely, or stressed out by work, money, and housing problems.

 

These are issues that cannot be fixed by doctors and medicine alone. At its most basic, a social prescription offers the kind of help that doesn’t come in a tube or a bottle.

 

The idea behind social prescribing is to help you to have more control over your healthcare and find ways to manage your needs in a way that suits you.

 

There are many different ways of providing social prescribing services. It often starts with a conversation, We first assign a link worker, they are there to listen to you and put you in touch with whatever it is you might need in order to feel better.

 

That might mean being introduced to a community group, a new activity or local club. It could be legal advice for volunteers to help around the house. It might just be information and guidance, a bit of inside knowledge on your situation, and what local resources there are available. It could even be some support in how to create something new.

 

Studies show that individuals with social prescriptions get better and feel better faster than those treated with medicine alone. And because it works, it’s happening more and more to find out how it can work for you. Talk to your doctor, health professional or local authority today,