Social prescribing is also particularly relevant for those who experience depression or anxiety. With many of us using social media platforms, it will be easier to form groups online first, then develop to face to face interactions. Technology can help us find those who have the same interest as us, whether that be hiking or reading, and enable those first steps for interaction.
Naomi reflected how social interventions for health has been around for years but is finally now getting the acknowledgement it deserves. Digital technologies can play a large role to support and provide access, whether that be community-based theatre, social groups, coding classes and many others. For those who are physically and socially isolated, they can also take part in activities online or through virtual reality.
The use of technology in social prescribing models will allow GP’s to have access to a wider range of support and interventions to suggest to their patients. There is often not a central location for information on where to be referred to, but technology will allow GP’s to find out what’s locally happening and refer young people and adults to these interventions.
Every company has different needs, challenges and lessons to share. Daniel and Naomi shared their experiences using technology in social prescribing models and what else can be done.
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