Adult Social Prescribing
Everyone needs a bit of help from time to time.
Social Prescribing is an innovative way of meeting needs that goes beyond traditional medicine. The idea is to treat your health and wellbeing holistically, rather than just focusing on an illness or lifestyle. This allows you to put your physical wellbeing in context with your mental, emotional and relational health. In many cases, this leads to better long-term outcomes as you develop new behaviors and take advantage of the community services available to you.
There are lots of different ways we can help depending upon your needs:
We can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you.
We will work alongside you to understand your circumstances and help you prioritise what will have most benefits for you.
We can introduce you to community groups, new activities or local clubs you might enjoy.
Or we might help you find specialist advice, such as legal issues or debt.
What Support is Available?
Your social prescribing link worker can provide support and/or discuss other options available for:
- Social Isolation/Loneliness
- Emotional wellbeing
- Healthy lifestyle choices including; stop smoking, physical activity/exercise, weight management, diabetes control, reducing alcohol
- Long term health conditions
- Loss of confidence/purpose
- Poor health linked to housing or housing conditions
- Accessing work, training and volunteering
How Does it Work?
For example, Sally has been feeling anxious and depressed since her wife died (she was her full time carer.)
Sally was prescribed an anti-depressant but would really like to get out of the house and regain some purpose in her life. The social prescriber has the time and the skills to listen and to help Sally find a range of activities and services available in the local community.
For Sally this might be:
- A walking group
- Joining a local choir
- Being put in touch with Bereavement Services for emotional support
If you'd like to access our social prescribing link workers, get in touch with one our reception team who can get the process started for you.
"Social Prescribing is a way of helped me deal with the things in life that were making me feel stressed and worried and got me back on track".