This service is now part of the Camden & Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust, along with the Healthy Minds Social Prescribing Team.
The social prescribing service is for people within primary care whose struggles might not be supported by more ‘conventional’ approaches like brief psychological or psychiatric support, for example people experiencing social isolation, complicated relationships, physical health issues that aren’t easily diagnosed or treated, and extremely low mood.
This takes the form of one-to-one meetings over a period of up to 12 sessions. These focus on a person-centred way of working, with a particular emphasis on building up people’s own sense of ownership over both the things they struggle with and ways that they can be supported.
Flexibility in the approach to each person coming to see us remains central, but sessions tend to focus on goals, their meaning and how or where support may be sought. The work often involves input from the GP, so that the support is well coordinated and informed from different perspectives.