Prescribe what we really need

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) recommends healthcare providers to do some Green social prescribing; refer people to nature-based activities in order to help tackle mental ill health. With the NHS reporting that as many as 40% of primary care appointments are related to mental health, the need is high.

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The £4 million, two-year pilot project’s aims are to improve mental health outcomes, reduce health inequalities and demand on the NHS, as part of the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Similar previous initiatives recommend the same: a Scottish program allowing doctors to prescribe walking in the fresh air; doctors in Manchester that prescribed plant care and gardening for patients suffering from anxiety, depression and loneliness. In Rotterdam, a social prescribing project even resulted in a 13% reduction in Emergency Room visits over a 12 month period.


Sometimes it is important to act on what we really need.



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