Social Prescribing for Health and Wellness

A new, exciting, free scheme promoting Health and Wellbeing for all in Sligo

What is Social Prescribing for Health and Wellness ?

Social Prescribing for Health and Wellness is about supporting the health and wellbeing of people, by using community-based activities and supports, such as exercise, art, reading or gardening. There is also an opportunity to attend self-help sessions such as Stress Control. A member of the Social Prescribing team will talk to you about what activities interest you, the benefits of participating in them and will assist and support you in attending these activities.

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Who is it for?

The programme is for anybody who may feel stressed, anxious or depressed, or for anyone who may feel that they need some support and help with minding their health and wellbeing. Using resources within the community will allow you to experience the benefits of meeting other people or participating in a new activity.

How much does it cost?

After your GP refers you to the project, there is no cost attached to attending most of the activities.

What are the benefits of participating in the Social Prescribing for Health and Wellness programme?

There are many benefits of participating in Social Prescribing for Health and Wellness, including:

  • Learning a new skill or participating in a new activity
  • Improving your mental and/or physical health
  • Providing an opportunity to meet new people
  • Receiving social support from others
  • Increasing self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Providing an opportunity for expression

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What happens next?

If you are interested in joining the Social Prescribing for Health and Wellness programme, talk to your GP , who will send a referral form to the Social Prescribing coordinator if you are suitable for the programme. The coordinator will then arrange an appointment with you.

If you have any questions about Social Prescribing in general please contact us here