Social Prescribing offers a range of non-medical interventions that promote wellbeing and self-care. Many health conditions are not purely bio-medical in origin but have broader social determinants: social prescribing signposts individuals to social solutions for regaining and maintaining their own wellness. Social prescribing can be a preferred choice of treatment or act as a complement to medical treatments. Social Prescribing is an umbrella phrase that refers to a framework of programmes that encourage individuals to learn skills in coping and self-care. The range or menu of social prescribing programmes includes: arts on prescription, books on prescription, physical activity on prescription, learning on prescription and volunteering. People who benefit from Social Prescribing include those experiencing either/both physical and mental health problems.
What are the benefits of Social Prescribing?
- Self-management and skills development
- Building self-esteem and confidence
- Improved physical health
- Increased social participation, networks and inclusion
- Self-knowledge and personal development
- Money & debt management
St.Helens’ local social prescribing programmes include:
- Reading Well – Books on Prescription
- Learning on Prescription
- Lifestyles Referral
- Get Yourself Outdoors
To find out more, phone the Healthy St.Helens number: 0300 300 0103.