Everyone needs a bit of help from time to time. Social prescribing is a way of helping you deal with the things in your life that can make you feel unhappy or anxious. Addressing these things takes a little extra time and support. We can help you to access a wide range of activities and support in your local community that can help you turn things around.
The response to the coronavirus pandemic means all of us have to live differently, and this is especially true for people with mental health problems. You are telling us that you have worries over loss of income and livelihood, as well as high levels of anxiety about the risk of contracting coronavirus itself. Even though link workers can't meet face to face right now, they can talk over the phone or online. They can still help explore what is going on in your life to make you feel depressed and anxious, and provide the support and strategies to help.
Welsh Government has funded us to work with four local Minds (Cwm Taf Morgannwg, Vale of Clwyd, Ystradgynlais, and Brecon and District Mind) to find out how social prescribing can improve mental health.
This is a pilot project in Wales that is available in the four local Mind areas. We are evaluating the impact of the service, to better understand how social prescribing can improve mental health.
We worked with the Welsh Institute of Health and Social Care, which is part of the University of South Wales, to capture learning from the first phase of our project. You can find a copy of their report here.
This service is for people who are over 18 and are struggling with their mental health. During the current pandemic, we know that many people are feeling anxious – if you live in one of the local Mind areas, then this service is here to help you improve your wellbeing.
Social prescribing could be helpful if you are out of work, have money problems, feel lonely, or have a physical health problem.
If you are interested in the service, just contact your local Mind social prescribing service by phone or email (see local Mind information below).
A trained link worker will arrange to talk to you about how you're feeling and what you think might help to improve your wellbeing. The link worker will recommend and help you to access a range of support and advice services to suit your needs, from housing and benefits support or advice to online counselling.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, many services and support networks are still available.
These include the following:
Our link workers can help by:
Discussing ways to improve wellbeing during lockdown; such as how to create a new routine, the importance of exercise, relaxation and meditation, or ideas for connecting with others.
Supporting people in relation to the impact of Covid 19 on things like employment, finances, housing, juggling home schooling, and domestic abuse.
Referring clients to other support organisations that are now providing services by phone or online, such as telephone befriender services, Citizens Advice and online counselling programmes.
Connecting people with local services offering practical help (collecting prescriptions, shopping etc)
Signposting to free online resources for ideas and inspiration (courses, music, crafting, arts, etc.)