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.
Stort Valley and Villages Primary Care Network Surgeries:
Church Street Surgery
Parsonage Lane Surgery
South Street Surgery
Central Surgery in Sawbridgeworth
Much Hadham Surgery
The NHS and our local hospitals are really busy at the moment, so if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, the quickest way to get help at any time of the day or night is to call our 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.
Useful Contacts: If life is at imminent risk call 999 or visit A&E
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
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:
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
Children and young people’s social prescribing service | NHS Confederation
If you would like to attend a free webinar on any of the following topics, please follow the link below to book:
YouTube – Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust, Psychological Well-being Channel