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Listen, support, connect: How we marked International Social Prescribing Day 2021

A vital event in the College of Medicine’s annual calendar, Social Prescribing Day, which took place this year on March 18th, aims to celebrate the social prescribing movement by highlighting stories of progress, the importance of community and, this year, to also reflect upon the role it can play in our lives as we re-build following the pandemic.

March 18th 2021 will focus on the themes of listening, supporting and connecting – and we ask you to join us in sharing the hashtags #socialprescribingday and #internationalsocialprescribingday far and wide on social media.

Why should we celebrate International Social Prescribing Day in 2021?

Given recent struggles and the significant strain placed on the NHS by the COVID19 pandemic, it seems hard to celebrate anything at all.

However, it is in the face of adversity that communities have come together to support those most in need, to enable them to stay active and connected during the pandemic.

This year’s International Social Prescribing Day will aim to celebrate the thousands of projects set up to maintain the health of our communities during the COVID19 pandemic – some of which are highlighted in the videos and tweets below.

One might argue that social prescribing is needed now more than ever, given the devastating effect of the pandemic, not only on our physical health, but also on our mental health, regardless of our age and demographic.

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Whether you’ve set up a project or whether you know someone who has benefited from an online social prescribing initiative during the pandemic, join us on March 18th on social media to share our stories and let the world know how social prescribing has kept us connected, healthy, and engaged during a global crisis.

“One might argue that social prescribing is needed now more than ever, given the devastating effect of the pandemic, not only on our physical health, but also on our mental health – regardless of our age and demographic…”

Social prescribing champion Dr Bogdan Chiva Giurca

How can you support the day? Use the following banners and logos via social media and email signature to spread the word. Please do share hashtags associated with the day too! #socialprescribingday, #internationalsocialprescribingday, #socialprescribingday2021, #internationalsocialprescribingday2021