Social-Prescribing - Smart Cranleigh

Social Prescribing

People are living longer and as they get older, developing long term health conditions. Their health is affected by a wide range of factors including employment, housing, debt, social isolation and culture JOKER123.

These ‘other’ factors have a huge impact on how we feel and can have a negative influence on our actual health. Yet these factors are not something your GP is equipped to help us with.

Social prescribing is a new sort of non-medical prescription which can run alongside the traditional medical prescriptions. It offers a way of helping us with some of those ‘harder to solve’ issues by helping us access the support we really need. For example, we may need…

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Advice, for example, on benefits, housing, debt management…

Health living opportunities such as walking, nutritional advice, gardening…

Interest groups such as singing, gardening, craft…

Social prescribing has a layered effect – not only can these referrals help us address issues like emotional stress and physical inactivity, but they also reduce feelings of loneliness and they increase our connections within our own communities.

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