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Social Prescribing

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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.

Watch service user David and his link worker Mike discuss the benefits of social prescribing:

Our project

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 was available in the four local Mind areas. The project is now reaching its end. However, we have been evaluating the impact of the service, to better understand how social prescribing can improve mental health.

Watch Dr Julie and link worker Rhiannon discuss the impact of social prescribing on 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.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the project continued to support clients over the phone and online. We continued to gather information about how the service has helped people with mental health problems in those areas. We are now able to tell you more about our social prescribing model and how it helped people who were having mental health problems.

Here is our social prescribing model.

Watch what others had to say about how social prescribing helped them:

“Speaking to the link workers has helped me think of different choices I want to make in my life and has helped me so much”

We have also produced some reports that give you more detail about how our project worked:

Social Prescribing evaluation findings

Report for the whole project 

Easy read summary

You can also watch our national learning event, Social Prescribing for Mental Health:

What is happening now?

Our project is now ending: the local services closed at the end of November 2021 and the project will finish completely in January 2022. We hope that the learning from our project will help other social prescribing services to provide the right support for people who are experiencing problems with their mental health.

However, the local Minds in Brecon and Ystradgynlais are still providing a social prescribing service. Vale of Clwyd Mind will also be rolling out social prescribing to rural locations in their area on their bus, DORIS, from January 2022. And Cwm Taf Morgannwg Mind are still using the same kind of approach to help people who want to access their wellbeing services.

All local Minds also provide a range of other services that can help you to improve your wellbeing. If you are interested in the service, you can find your local Mind here.

Take part

Contact the local Minds in our project to find out how to access services.

 

For information and support on your mental health now, visit our information pages.

If you need urgent help, contact the Samaritans on 116 123.

 

Get in touch

To find out more about social prescribing or our other projects, contact [email protected] or your local Mind.

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