What IS Social Prescribing?
- Many things affect your health and well-being. GPs say a lot of people who visit them feel isolated, lonely, or stressed out by work, money, relationships 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 find ways to manage your needs in a way that suits you.
- It often starts with a conversation with a Social Prescriber who will give you time to explore what’s important to you and help you identify issues and challenges.
- 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. Or to meet other people in our community to take up a new hobby and to make friends.
- 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.
- Find out how it can work for you.
Carol Rickell is the Social Prescriber at London Lane Clinic – please speak to reception to be put in touch.