Help for young people

Social prescribing can bring about numerous potential benefits for young people, offering a holistic approach to improving their well-being and addressing various challenges they may face.

Because feeling better does not always come in a tube or a bottle.

Here are some of the key potential benefits of social prescribing for young people:

Mental Health Support:

Social prescribing can provide access to non-clinical interventions that promote mental well-being, helping young people cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. Participating in creative activities, mindfulness sessions, or support groups can foster emotional resilience and reduce mental health-related issues.

Reduced Social Isolation:

Engaging in community-based activities through social prescribing can combat feelings of social isolation and loneliness. It offers young people the chance to connect with peers who share similar interests, forming valuable social networks and support systems.

Improved Physical Health:

Social prescribing may involve physical activities, such as sports, dance classes, or outdoor adventures, which can improve young people’s physical fitness, promote healthy habits, and reduce the risk of obesity and related health issues.

Enhanced Self-Esteem and Confidence:

Young people achieving personal goals and taking part in activities they enjoy can lead to increased self-esteem and confidence. This positive self-image can contribute to a stronger sense of self-worth and self-belief.

Sense of Purpose:

Social prescribing can help young people discover their passions and interests, providing a sense of purpose and direction in their lives. Engaging in meaningful activities can boost motivation and goal-setting.

Support for Specific Challenges:

Social prescribing can be tailored to address specific challenges young people might face, such as substance abuse, bullying, or dealing with family issues. Support groups and counselling services can play a vital role in overcoming these challenges.

Preventative Health Care:

By addressing social determinants of health and promoting healthy behaviours, social prescribing can help prevent future health issues, creating a foundation for better long-term health.

Academic Performance:

Improved mental well-being and reduced stress levels can positively impact academic performance and educational attainment for young people.

Early Intervention:

Social prescribing can be used as an early intervention strategy to identify and address issues before they escalate into more significant problems, promoting positive youth development.

Collaboration and Partnership:

Social prescribing involves collaboration between healthcare providers, community organizations, and local authorities. This fosters a more integrated and cohesive approach to supporting young people’s health and well-being.

By focusing on non-clinical interventions and the broader context of young people’s lives, social prescribing offers a valuable addition to traditional healthcare services.