What is Social Prescribing?
I for one am delighted there is so much great research going on in laboratories around the world relating to mental health. Yet we should not forget the great benefits of social prescribing when used in conjunction with pharmacological support.
Reading this article from The Kings Fund highlighted to me how important who, how and when we interact is on our mental health and how powerful a tool different social interactions can be when “prescribed”.
“Social Prescribing” has been around for decades yet it it seems somewhat under-utilised, though this is beginning to change particularly in London and also the South West. Early signs are good with a small scale study in Bristol showing how social prescribing as part of a wider and more rounded care policy can reduce anxiety and improve mental health. It certainly looks to be a great tool for GPs and other health service professionals to have at their disposal alongside a vast array of pharmacological products.