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Social prescribing at Bath

Improve your mental health and wellbeing with our supported art, gardening and exercise programmes.

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing offers a non-medical alternative, or addition, to mental health support. It recognises that our health and wellbeing is not just a medical issue, but something that is also affected by our social and economic situation and our physical environment. It therefore enables healthcare professionals to prescribe social activities to improve mental health and wellbeing. Our social prescribing programme connects students to groups and activities that aim to improve low mood, reduce loneliness and social isolation and help manage anxiety.

What can I do?

We currently offer three social prescribing opportunities for students:

  • Prescription for Exercise
  • Museums Inspire creative group
  • Gardening for Wellbeing

Our three courses are all fully funded and there is no cost to students.

Please note you can only sign up for one course at a time.

Prescription for Exercise

When: September/October 2022
Where: Campus / Sports Training Village
Duration: Eight weeks

Prescription for Exercise (PfE) is an eight week programme designed to help increase motivation and alleviate low mood. Exercise has been shown to help reduce signs of depression as well as increase motivation. This programme is designed specifically to support students who are struggling with ongoing low mood and low motivation.

During this eight week programme you will receive access to the Sports Training Village, have three individual sessions with a personal trainer, and be supported by an “exercise mentor”. Alongside this, you will meet with a wellbeing adviser at the mid and end points of the programme to help monitor your mood and address any concerns that arise during this time.

An exercise mentor is a friendly face to support you during the programme. They will join you for an activity once a week, helping you to find activities you may want to try and encourage you to continue exercising during and after the programme. You personal trainer will offer bespoke guidance, advice and support throughout the duration of the program, and help you identify and work towards your gym and fitness goals.

The sessions will not necessarily need to take place inside the gym. We use all indoor and outdoor areas of the Sports Training Village, and it is important to us that you feel comfortable in the environment you will be exercising in. The programme caters for gym users of all abilities from complete beginners to intermediates.

If you are experiencing low mood, low motivation and/or depression and would like to access this exercise programme please book an appointment with the Wellbeing Team.

Museums Inspire creative group

We will be running more Art for Wellbeing programmes again in the new academic year (2022-2023).

These friendly, supported groups are designed for students who are struggling with their mental health or feeling isolated, and who are interested in making creative connections.

Spending time making and creating with other people can help us to manage stress, anxiety, low mood, social isolation and loneliness. No previous art experience is necessary - just curiosity and a willingness to have a go.

Some sessions with be held at The Holburne Museum in Bath and others will take place at The Edge on Campus. You are expected to sign up to the full eight week course.

If you would like to be notified when details of the courses for the new academic year 2022-2023 are available, please register here.

Gardening for Wellbeing

When: Every Saturday 2pm to 4pm
Where: Cotswold House Garden, on campus
Duration: Four weeks (each course starts on the 1st Saturday of the month)

Gardening for Wellbeing runs every Saturday in partnership with Bath Mind, for students who are struggling with their mental health or feeling isolated or lonely.

Over the four weeks, you will learn a range of gardening skills, from maintaining a vegetable patch and growing plants in the greenhouse to making unique planters and garden crafts. Activities vary depending on the weather and season!

You will have the opportunity to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of gardening and being outside in nature, such as reducing stress and anxiety and improving your mood and sense of wellbeing. You will meet new people in a supportive outdoor environment, and have the chance to make new friends and connections.

We also run drop in gardening sessions twice-weekly throughout the year. Find out more and book via MySkills.

Support with your mental health and wellbeing

If you want to speak to our Wellbeing Team about your mental health or wellbeing please book a wellbeing appointment.