Social Prescribing 

Social Prescribing offers a range of non-medical interventions that promote wellbeing and self-care. Many health conditions are not purely bio-medical in origin but have broader social determinants: social prescribing signposts individuals to social solutions for regaining and maintaining their own wellness. Social prescribing can be a preferred choice of treatment or act as a complement to medical treatments. Social Prescribing is an umbrella phrase that refers to a framework of programmes that encourage individuals to learn skills in coping and self-care. The range or menu of social prescribing programmes includes: arts on prescription, books on prescription, physical activity on prescription, learning on prescription and volunteering. People who benefit from 
Social Prescribing include those experiencing either/both physical and mental health problems.

What are the benefits of Social Prescribing?

  •  Self-management and skills development
  •  Building self-esteem and confidence
  •  Improved physical health
  •  Increased social participation, networks and inclusion 
  •  Self-knowledge and personal development
  •  Money & debt management

St.Helens' local social prescribing programmes include:

  • Reading Well - Books on Prescription
  • Learning on Prescription
  • Lifestyles Referral
  • Get Yourself Outdoors. 

For further information about the above programmes and other health and wellbeing advice in St.Helens please visit: and

To find out more, phone the Healthy St.Helens number: 0300 300 0103.  


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