Social Prescribing is a way to access non-medical supports within the community to improve physical, emotional and mental well-being. Referrals are made to the Social Prescribing Coordinator in each Primary Care team area who then links people with local activities and services like the Men’s Shed, a walking group, a chair aerobics session or referral to a befriending service. Referrals can be made by the person themselves, friends, family or the Public health Nurse or GP.

Social Prescribing is an option for people over 18 years of age who are experiencing social exclusion or isolation; have symptoms of mild depression or anxiety; are frequent attendees at their GP’s, are recovering from major surgery, dealing with the onset of a life changing long term condition or have poor social supports. The benefits of Social Prescribing are positive emotional, cognitive and social outcomes and an increase in connectedness for people within their communities.

The Social Prescribing service is free, confidential and available to everyone 18 years and over. The Social Prescribing Coordinator in the Derryveagh area is Bernadette, 086 0766670.