A social prescription is a new approach to health and wellbeing that’s now available from local GPs. Doctors can now ‘prescribe’ research-backed, non-medical treatments for conditions like anxiety, depression or stress.

How does it work?

A link worker will help you choose the right activity for you. This might be something creative like an art class, something active like walking or a community activity like a local gardening project.

Featured activity: Fishing for health 

Paul Whitehouse and Bob Mortimer's TV series, Gone Fishing, helped us fall in love with the British landscape and the calm, quiet art of fishing all over again.

Fishing can have a positive impact on your health. Fishing can be beneficial because it: 

Connects you with nature

Research shows that being outside for just 2 hours a week reduces feelings of stress and improves your self-esteem.

Improves focus

Fishing requires patience and focused attention as you quietly wait for your catch. 

Connects you with others

In a peaceful setting, and away from the distractions of digital devices, you might find it easier to talk about difficult or emotional topics.

Improves your self-esteem

Learning to adapt a technique to different conditions increases your confidence.

Is a form of meditation

The focus and attention helps to clear your mind and anchor you in here and now.

Boosts your levels of vitamin D

Get a free sun-powered vitamin top up.

Gets you moving

Get a natural workout as you stretch, wade and carry your kit.

You're not alone

If you're feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or are coping with bereavement, illness, anxiety or depression, we’re here to listen. Our advisors are available 24 hours a day,
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