As the sun started to peek through and the wind began to die down, Falmouth Moor was filled with people who had come to find out more about our brand new Social Prescribing service.
Launched during Mental Health Awareness Week, we were joined by hundreds of people and over 60 local community organisations who came to the Moor to try out a range of social prescribing activities to help them stay healthy and well.
From juggling, dance and drumming to hula, art and healthy eating, there was so much on offer to help people on their journey to health and happiness.
Social Prescribing is a service that Pluss is introducing to GP practises in the Falmouth and Penryn area. The aim is to offer an alternative type of support to those struggling with their mental health. General practitioners only have an average of 15 minutes to spend per patient, which just isn’t enough time when it comes to something as intricate as the mind.
This is where Social Prescribing comes in; we provide 1:1 support and signpost individuals to community activities to help them begin their journey to feeling better. After all, talking and connecting with others are the first and most important steps!
We didn’t just take ourselves to the Moor for our launch though, we were joined by ‘Inspire Health Cornwall – Dancing with Autism and Learning Disabilities’ who were keeping the crowd warm by throwing some energetic shapes for everyone and anyone to join in with. Swamp Circus created a carnival feel with lots of exciting and colourful acrobats and performers!
Many of our partners (who are already making an amazing impact in the community) also joined us – Pentreath, Drums4Fun, The CHAOS Group, Konnect Cornwall, Cornwall Marine Network, Walk Kernow Nordic Walking, Citizens Advice Bureau, Cornwall Rural Community Charity and many more.
Inside the Methodist Church and the Library were a whole variety of sets ups too, from The Cornwall Food Foundation who were there to explain how they can help people achieve change in their lives through food, to a ‘Desert Island Playlist’ created by Arts Well where everyone could write down the song that always makes them feel good in order to share with others.
Mental Health Awareness Week is more prominent and important than ever before, and days like this, which give the people of the community a chance to get out and meet new people alongside learning new things and having a good old wiggle to music, make an incredible difference.
Pluss and Positive People are doing all they can to not only help those who struggle with their mental health and wellbeing, but also to remove the stigma behind it.
Social Prescribing will prove that there are people there to listen, and that it’s always okay to say you’re not okay.
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