Podcast on Prescription -S2-EP7- Children's Mental Health Week Special artwork
Podcast on Prescription

Podcast on Prescription -S2-EP7- Children's Mental Health Week Special

  • S2E7
  • 42:45
  • February 10th 2022

It's Children's Mental Health Week and to mark it, Dr. Radha Modgil will be talking to three wonderful guests all about children, young people and social prescribing.

Our first guest this week is Brad Gudger. He is the founder and Director of Alike, a game-changing charity created to combat loneliness and isolation caused by cancer. Alongside his work with Alike, Brad is an NHS Youth Expert Advisor and a member of the NHS Children and Young People’s Transformation Board. Brad is also Vice-chair of NASP. 

Radha is also joined by Dawn Mitchell, who works at StreetGames. StreetGames harnesses the power of sport to create positive change in the lives of young people from underserved communities across the UK. StreetGames' work helps to make young people and their communities healthier, safer and more successful. 

Dawn has been working with StreetGames for over 10 years, most recently on the national pilot of social prescribing for children and young people which has highlighted the potential for social prescribing to positively impact on all aspects of a young person’s health and wellbeing. 

Thirdly, we are delighted to invite Rachael, a YoungMinds Activist to talk with Radha about her experiences. YoungMinds is the the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

Podcast on Prescription

Welcome to Podcast on Prescription, brought to you by Dr Radha Modgil and the National Academy for Social Prescribing

We want people to be able to live their best possible life. Social prescribing helps people to do this. When you hear the word ‘prescription’ you might automatically think of tablets, pills and medication, but a ‘social prescription’ is different.

So, what is social prescribing? Well, simply put, social prescribing is a way for health professionals, such as social prescribing link workers based in a GP practice, to connect people to activities in the community for practical and emotional support. It helps people gain choice and control over their wellbeing, to manage their needs and in a way that suits them.

It can especially help people who have long-term conditions, need support with their mental health, are lonely or isolated or have complex social needs. Social Prescribing is now being offered across the NHS in England and there is a growing movement both here and internationally embracing the benefits.

And in this podcast, we are going to explore more about the power of all of these activities: that 'social prescription’ that helps people through.

Visit https://socialprescribingacademy.org.uk/ to find out more.

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