Social Prescribing

What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing is a non-clinical intervention that takes a holistic, person centered approach to health and wellbeing. We understand that taking care of your self at university can be difficult, and that factors such as your lifestyle and feelings of social connectedness can contribute to good wellbeing.

Our team of Social Prescribers can support you to identify your individual needs and goals. We can connect you to groups and activities at university and beyond that can help you to improve your mood. We offer up to 6 sessions with a Social Prescriber, who will support you to engage in these activities and to take care of yourself.

What can social prescribing help with?

  • Meeting new people and feeling more connected at university
  • Being more active and leading a healthier lifestyle
  • Finding a sense of purpose
  • Exploring interests and hobbies
  • Getting to know Manchester

What are the benefits of Social Prescribing?

  • Improved mental and physical health
  • Meet new people and feel connected to others
  • Learn a new skill or participate in a new activity
  • Increase self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Better quality of life
  • Get involved and connected to your community
  • Feeling more in control of managing your own health and wellbeing

How can I access Social Prescribing?

To work with a Social Prescriber, you need to book a First Steps Appointment here. You'll speak to one of our Triage and Support Practitioners and can tell them that you're interested in Social Prescribing. Alternatively, if you are already accessing support from the Counselling & Mental Health Service, your practitioner can book you in for a Social Prescribing appointment.

We also run a weekly drop in session for students who are interested in learning more about Social Prescribing and ways to feel more connected at university. This takes place every Wednesday between 1-3pm in The Atrium (1st floor of University Place) during term time only.

Social Prescribing Events

The Social Prescribing team run events and workshops across the year that you can get involved in. Keep an eye on this page, as well as the @uomwellbeing instagram page.

The Summer Wellbeing Programme

This group is a weekly opportunity for students to connect with others and enjoy meaningful activities that boost your health and wellbeing and increase your sense of purpose. It is a safe space to join an easy going and relaxed environment whilst engaging in different activities such as mindful gardening and getting more active with yoga whilst connecting with other students.

Student's can be referred to the Summer Wellbeing Programme by their practitioner at the Counselling and Mental Health Service.