social prescribing

Scotland’s doctors urged to prescribe gardening and cooking

The BBC reports : “Prescribing patients activities such as walking, gardening and cooking can help Scotland tackle health inequality, leading charities have said. A coalition of 19 organisations are calling on the Scottish government to adopt a national strategy for so-called…
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Why women are being given boxing gloves and ballet shoes instead of antidepressants

Subtitled “With one in five people taking pills for their mental health, doctors are turning to alternative methods – with help from Sport England”, this report from Miranda has been published in the Daily Telegraph. It begins: “It’s long been known…
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Fishing cures PTSD and anxiety, first ever clinical study aims to prove

This report by Danielle Sheridan has been published in The Telegraph. It begins: “ Fishing  has long been lauded as a relaxing pastime which can put one’s mind at ease. While it has been claimed anecdotally that fishing can help with post-traumatic…
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New handbook to help prescribe nature for mental health and wellbeing

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health has produced this handbook . They say: “Understanding how the power of nature can help people improve their mental health and overcome conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress has been boosted thanks…
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A Prescription for Music Lessons

This studies review from Dr. Debra Shipman has been published by Federal Practitioner. It concludes: “A healthful lifestyle includes holistically addressing issues pertaining to mental and physical well-being. Learning how to play a musical instrument is a workout for the brain, just…
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Combatting Structural Racism and Classism in Psychiatry: An Interview with Helena Hansen

In this interview , published on Mad in America (and relating more to an American context), Richard Sears talks to psychiatrist and anthropologist Helena Hansen about bringing structural competency to psychiatry while rebuilding communities through activism and mutual aid. Here is…
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RHS Bridgewater: Europe’s ‘biggest horticultural project’ opens

In part concerning therapeutic gardening and social prescribing, the BBC reports : “The first Royal Horticultural Society garden in an urban area has welcomed its first visitors, completing what the charity has billed as Europe’s “biggest hands-on horticultural project”. The 154-acre…
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‘My doctor prescribed rambling for lockdown anxiety’

Angie Brown reports for BBC Scotland: “An Edinburgh widower who was struggling with mental health issues due to the isolation of lockdown has walked 2,000 miles in a year after his doctor prescribed that he join the Ramblers. Jim Snodgrass, 84,…
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The Truth About … Improving Your Mental Health

This 57 minute video from the BBC ranges across a variety of subjects, including heartbeat control, diet and the gut-to-brain vagal nerve connection, exercise, passive vs active engagement with social media, loneliness, social prescribing, insomnia and more. The programme producers say:…
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