SOCIAL PRESCRIBING-Health and Wellbeing Community Referral
Social connections have long been recognised as an important protective factor in maintaining good physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, across the lifecourse. The mental Health Project is the lead and support organisation for 6 new Health and Wellbeing Community Referral Sites in Cork and Kerry. This is in partnership with Cork/Kerry HSE Health and Wellbeing and Community Healthcare. Social prescribing is a way of linking people with sources of support within their communities. It provides GPs and other primary care professionals with non-medical referral options to improve health and wellbeing. This project is funded through Slaintecare Integration Fund 2019.
The following Family Resource Centres have been funded through Slaintecare and are supported by the National Family Resource Centre Mental Health Promotion Project to pilot Health and Wellbeing Community Referral
Meet the Link Workers
offer a non-stigmatising safe space that is used by the wider community, while also being accessible to individuals who are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health
already identify and respond to individuals at risk, thereby ensuring timely referrals to specialist services or voluntary supports
offer support groups and activities that can be utilised by the referred individual