Posted by Brighter on in mental health

Brighter Futures is leading a Social Prescribing service in nine areas across Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands as part of a national plan to support a range of mental health difficulties.

The project sees nine of our link workers work closely with GP’s and other health professionals to help people manage their mental health part of a national aim to reduce costs to the NHS and increase the range of support available.  

Social Prescribing is a person-centered approach to supporting people. It takes a holistic approach to work closely with community assets and support networks to provide solutions to issues that are damaging to a person’s physical and mental health. This can include loneliness, housing issues, physical inactivity, or financial issues. 

Our link workers are working with people to help them take control of their wellbeing and support them to create an action plan, or ‘social prescription, to find solutions to their mental health concerns. 

Mark Lawton, Operational Manager of the service, says: “we’re pleased to be chosen to run this project and be able to further expand the work we’re doing to support people with health inequalities and mental health difficulties in the local area. 

“We know mental health concerns are caused by different things and, sometimes, there are issues that can’t be helped by therapy, medication, or other common treatments. 

It’s a big chance for us to do something different and support people in a way that hasn’t been done before. Brighter Futures is always looking for innovative ways to help as many people as we can, and this is a great opportunity to do just that. 

 

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