Case Studies on Social Prescribing and Self-management

Many social prescribing projects have been established across Scotland to support people with poor mental health or psychosocial issues.  A series of film and written Case Studies has been developed to share learning from the planning, implementation and evaluation of social prescribing project.  These include perspectives from health, local government and the third sector. We have developed a structured, quality assured process for writing and reviewing these case studies, which we hope you will trial in your work place.

Community Compass

This two-year pilot by Community Compass supports people aged 16 years and over living in an area of multiple deprivation in Craigmillar, Edinburgh.

Dumfries & Galloway

Healthy Connections Stewartry is a social prescribing project in Dumfries and Galloway with the aim of improving individual health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities. The project is jointly co-ordinated by Dumfries and Galloway Health and Wellbeing and Stewartry Health Improvement Team.

Employability Pathway

This case study demonstrates the Forensic Directorate providing specialist services for adults with mental health problems who may pose a risk to themselves or others, or have been in contact with the criminal justice system as a result of offending behaviour. Services are provided in a variety of settings dependent on the individuals need, this includes medium and low secure units and working with people in the community.

Community Health Connections

This two year pilot programme helps individuals identify important influences on their mental health and wellbeing and to take action to improve the quality of their lives.  The General practitioners could refer patients to a Health Coach, who supports three GP practices.


Established in the Stobswell area of Dundee in 2008, this work focused on addressing factors affecting mental health and wellbeing within the local area. The aim was to support positive change across the community through a process of engagement with both community members and local services, awareness raising and capacity building.

Falkirk District Association for Mental Health

This social prescribing service seeks to address the determinants of poor mental wellbeing e.g. debt, relationships, loneliness and social isolation, domestic abuse, unemployment and other lifestyle issues. The service supports people in accessing activities that promote social networks, sense of purpose, resilience and self-management.

Work Connect

By working in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council Greenspace Land Services Department (WDCHCP), individuals are encouraged to see themselves as gardeners rather than mental health clients. Client's referrals are received by Community Mental Health Team, Primary Care Mental Health Team and Department for Work and Pensions Disability advisors.

Well Connected

This social prescribing programme for mental health and wellbeing aims to support individuals and communities to maintain good mental wellbeing. It seeks to link individuals with a range of non-medical services in the local area that provide support to improve mental health and wellbeing, and help to address the underlying issues that have a detrimental impact on mental health and wellbeing. This programme involves a range of partners, including NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire council and the third sector.

Pillar Kincardine

Using a peer support approach, women suffering from mental ill health form natural mutual support networks and friendships, helping them find personal solutions to overcome difficulties and better cope with everyday life.

Sanctuary Project

Asylum seeking and refugee women had the unique opportunity to share their experiences and benefit from peer support which empowered them to engage more fully within their local community and enhance their well-being.