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Marking International Social Prescribing Day in Lewisham

Today it is the first International Social Prescribing Day and we are celebrating the importance of social prescribing by launching a new video to promote the excellent SAIL Connections service which helps Lewisham residents over 60 access the support they need. See the video below:

Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs. One in four patients see their doctor for purely social problems and welfare advice. For this group of patients, social prescribing has been shown to improve quality of life and emotional wellbeing, mental and general wellbeing, as well as improving levels of depression and anxiety. 

Evidence has shown that social prescribing can play a key role in tackling the social determinants of ill health as well as supporting the increasing number of patients suffering from chronic diseases. 

SAIL Connections is a service, run by AGE UK Southwark and Lewisham. If you or someone you know is aged over 60 and needs some help to find and access local services they can help. Find out more and fill in a simple form at the SAIL Connections website

Find out more about social prescribing in Lewisham.