What is Social Prescribing?

Social PrescribingSocial 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

For further information about the above programmes and other health and wellbeing advice in St.Helens please visit: www.healthysthelens.co.uk and www.live-lifewell.net.

To find out more, phone the Healthy St.Helens number: 0300 300 0103.