Community Building; a Drug-free Prescription for a Better Life
Are you familiar with “social prescribing”? Wikipedia’s definition:
Social prescribing is when health professionals refer patients to support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing…Doctors can refer some of their patients to a social prescribing specialist or link worker who can then suggest local social groups which they can participate in to improve their health and wellbeing. These may include social enterprises, community businesses and local volunteer groups.
According to this article, “social prescribing links people to community support to help them improve their quality of life.”
Social prescribing is about helping people find a community.
I believe we can do even better; we can make a social prescription to ourselves, now, before a health crisis brings this suggestion to us. And if we can’t find a community, we can build one. Community building is the most fulfilling thing we can do in life – for wholeness, connection, belonging and joy.
Nothing proves to us better that we are not alone – that we are all in this together – than looking to our left and to our right and seeing members of our community there.