As it is Social Prescribing Day, we celebrate helping our 1,000th person to use this service.
Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.
Simon was helped by his Social Prescriber, after he had suffered a couple of knock backs in his career. As a result his mental health was affected and he could no longer face returning to work. With the help of his Social Prescriber, Simon realised he may have to look at another career path. With support, he was able to look at other training and career options.
He was then referred into a Vocational Workers Project and now feels excited about his future plans. Through the project, Simon grew his confidence gradually and now feels more positive.
He tells us,
"I am looking forward to changing my life for the better for me and my family.
Family life is a lot better, I’ve got a better connection with my kids now. I am learning to deal with family life in a better way. Many factors coming together have allowed me to focus on myself and getting myself better, one of which has been social prescribing."
We all like to hear good news! This demonstrates how medicine isn't always the answer.