Introduction to this Emerging Minds funded research project led by Dr Emily Stapley, University College London & Dr Daniel Hayes, Anna Freud Centre.
Social prescribing relieves pressure on NHS services by helping patients ﬁnd community activities to improve their health/wellbeing. To date, it has mainly targeted adult populations where it has shown improvements in mental health.
However, a recent review focusing on young people identified a lack of studies and highlighted that to move the field forward research should identify:
What young people think are the best referral routes for social prescribing, and
Current barriers to social prescribing with young people.
Interviews and focus groups will be underpinned by the Behaviour Change Wheel, which will allow for the research team to make theoretically informed recommendations to improve services. It is hoped this will lead to increased accessibility of social prescribing for young people and positively impact on their mental health.