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Social Prescribing

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. So rather than giving you a prescription for a medicine, social prescribing can help you to access a wide range of activities and support in your local community that can help you turn things around.

Our project

Welsh Government has funded us to work with four local Minds (Merthyr & the Valleys, Vale of Clwyd, Ystradgynlais, and Brecon and District Mind) and GPs in their areas to find out how social prescribing can improve mental health.

This is a pilot project that will be available in some GP surgeries in Wales, in the local Mind areas. We are working with the University of South Wales to evaluate the impact of the service, to better understand how social prescribing can improve mental health.

How it works

If your GP surgery is part of the pilot project, you can be referred by your GP or another health professional at your GP surgery to a local Mind social prescribing service.

A trained link worker arranges a meeting where you can talk 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 a local walking group.

Who it's for

This service is for people who are over 18 and are struggling with their mental health.

Social prescribing could be helpful if you are out of work, have money problems, feel lonely, or have a physical health problem.

Take part

Contact your local Mind to find out if this service is available at your GP surgery.

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

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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