"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"
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.
Welsh Government has funded Mind 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:
Mind 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.