My Best Life
My Best Life is a new social prescribing service for Barnsley, the service started in April 2017. The service has been developed to help support people who go to see their GP often with social, emotional or practical needs, where a prescription for medication often doesn’t help.
GPs across Barnsley will now be able to put patients who have non-medical need in touch with someone from the My Best Life team who will talk to them and find out what help or support they need; whether it be money worries and relationship difficulties, or counselling and finding social groups to attend to tackle loneliness and isolation.
The type of support will vary widely depending on the individual’s needs and could be as simple as introducing someone to the local fishing club to getting advice on managing debt.
The two major benefits for people referred to the My Best Life service will be an improvement in their health, wellbeing and quality of life and a reduction in social isolation, exclusion and loneliness. With a special focus on improving mental health and wellbeing, the scheme will enable people to manage their own health, improve social networks and develop
If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from 'My Best Life' you can either contact them directly on 079790 399 427 or if you would like more information on this service please contact Ruth Nowodny who is our social prescribing champion in practice on 01226 282280.