Published: 26th Aug 2020

People with poor mental health and other conditions are to be ‘prescribed’ outdoor activities, like walking and cycling, as part of a pilot scheme.  The Active Black Country project will run in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton and is part of West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) campaign to encourage the region’s residents to walk and cycle more following the pandemic. Described as ‘social prescribing’ a group of patients in each of the four regions will be signposted to activities such as walking and cycling to help ease loneliness, isolation, mental health conditions and complex social needs that affect their wellbeing. Active Black Country and social prescribing experts will be supporting health care professionals at four primary care networks, Dudley & Netherton, Citrus (Sandwell), Walsall West One and Wolverhampton Total Health to roll out the pilot which will help 40 people. Patients will be given a guide on walking and cycling … (To read the full article, subscribe below)