Social prescribing for mental health: guidance paper

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NHS Health Scotland

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This guidance on the use of social prescribing for mental health has been developed by NHS Health Scotland in partnership with the Self-Management and Social Prescribing National Advisory Group  set up by the Scottish Government Mental Health Directorate. The paper draws on published research, local practice and evaluations, and learning from champions who are leading locally based approaches to social prescribing in Scotland.

The paper will be of particular interest to policy makers, planners and commissioners of services which aim to improve mental wellbeing and prevent and treat mental health problems and work to address mental health inequality. It will also be of relevance to managers and practitioners, who are seeking to develop, implement and evaluate different ways of connecting individuals to alternative and appropriate sources of support.
Key messages:
Social prescribing is an important approach to self-management of mental health

There is a good theoretical basis for social prescribing and promising evidence that social prescribing contributes to improved access to resources and sources of support that are important for improved mental health

Leadership is vital in securing coordinated action, galvanizing support and building strong partnerships across services and settings to make best use of the contribution of a range of partners, agencies and community assets

There is a need to look at social prescribing through an inequalities lens.

Main Focus: Mental Health

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

NHS Scotland. (2016). Social prescribing for mental health: guidance paper. Edinburgh: NHS Scotland.