Social prescribing for mental health – a guide to commissioning and delivery

Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Abernethy H, Friedli L, Jackson C, Stansfield J

Year of Publication:

CSIP North West Development

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This guide describes social prescribing and its benefits; outlines the policy context and evidence base for social prescribing; gives guidance in commissioning social prescribing; provides information on interventions and how to deliver social prescribing; and describes the findings of a social prescribing development project commissioned by Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) North West. Overall, this guidance aims to support localities in developing, implementing and evaluating social prescribing schemes. It will be of interest to community and voluntary sector organisations and those working in sports, leisure, arts, education and sustainable development.

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Mental Health

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Primary Care

Participant Group: Specific Physical Health Condition

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Friedli, L., Jackson, C., Abernethy, H. and Stansfield, J. (2008). Social prescribing for mental health – a guide to commissioning and delivery. CSIP North West Development.