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Service Overview

The Young Person’s Social Prescription Service (ASPS) was created in 2019 to support young people aged 11-25. Its central aim is to provide support to young people who require access to community-based services that can help them resolve the mental health conditions and general wellbeing issues.

The aims of this service are to:

· To signpost young people and their families to appropriate community-based services after they have been assessed by a Stort Valley and Villages PCN GP.

· Support general wellbeing amongst young people and their families in the local community

· Engage in research that highlights how effective community interventions can be within PCN trusts and submit our findings to NHS and government leaders

· To offer preventative interventions such as the Family Wellbeing Health Coaching Service and to work alongside other services with a view to creating activities and groups for those who have been referred.

This service offers a range of interventions such as online wellbeing education groups, online art groups and consistent support and guidance through the whole process.

Ben Nesham, Young Person’s Social Prescriber and Link Worker for Stort Valley PCN, directs this service.

If you are registered with one of the Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network surgeries, you are eligible for this support. However, you will be required to first visit your GP and ask for a referral to this service.


Helpful Resources:

If life is at imminent risk call 999 or visit A&E

Single Point of Access (SPA) 24/7 Mental Health Helpline: Herts residents of all ages, including carers, GPs and other professionals can contact our 24/7 Single Point of Access (SPA) Mental Health Helpline team at any hour of the day or night, 365 days a year. The team can provide support for Herts residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis, need some mental health support or just want to talk. Freephone number: 0800 6444 101, or call NHS 111 and select option 2 for mental health services. In the case of serious illness or injury, dial 999 for emergency services.

The Samaritans: (telephone) 116 123

Hertfordshire Night Light Crisis Service: 01923 256391

For teenagers and young adults: TEXT: SHOUT to 85258 for a free, confidential and anonymous text support service

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Young Person’s Social Prescription Service Interventions


The Family Wellbeing Health Coaching Service (FWHCS)

The service is delivered by Ed Anthony from Mental Wellbeing in Schools. Through attending either weekly or fortnightly sessions via Zoom, families and young people are introduced to the new form of wellbeing education and coaching.

· It is appropriate for patients suffering from: High Levels of Anxiety

· High Stress Levels

· Low Attainment and Exam Anxiety

· Separation Anxiety

· Poor Quality Sleep

· Low Self-Confidence

· Fears Regarding the Future, Uncertainty and Change

· Poor Quality Relationships

· High Levels of Anger

· Issues Regarding Screen Time and Video Game

· Anxiety Around Weight and Eating

· Issues Around Substance Misuse

After each session, patients receive a personalised set of videos to watch via email.  In these videos, Mental Health professionals discuss this new form of wellbeing education and delve into how it changes a person’s perceptions and experience of life.  In many cases, this leads to improvements in their level of wellbeing and allows patients to continue their learning and development outside of sessions.

Please visit the Mental Wellbeing website for further details and information:


Video Resources:

This is the link to the Mental Wellbeing in Schools Youtube Channel – YouTube – Mental Well-being Centre

New videos are being posted all the time. If you would like a video on a specific topic, please feel free to Contact Us 


YPSPS in the News

Children and young people’s social prescribing service | NHS Confederation


IAPT Mental Health Webinars

If you would like to attend a free webinar on any of the following topics, please follow the link below to book:

  • Bereavement: Living with grief and loss
  • Care for carers
  • Dealing with depression
  • How to cope with stress
  • How to sleep better
  • Living well with a long-term physical health condition
  • Living well with diabetes
  • Long Covid – Moving forwards
  • Managing worry
  • Menopause and emotional well-being
  • Menstrual cycle and mental well-being
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation skills
  • Wellbeing in pregnancy and early parenthood

YouTube – Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust, Psychological Well-being Channel

Stort Valley Healthcare is proud to be independently regulated by the Care Quality Commission

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