Young people to be prescribed surfing and dancing by NHS to help anxiety

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Study to assess if ‘social prescribing’ such as surfing or rollerskating can stop conditions worsening while on waiting lists

Young people will take part in surfing, rollerskating and gardening to see whether sport, the arts and outdoor activities can make them less anxious and depressed.

NHS mental health trusts will use the activities to help 600 young people on their waiting lists for care as part of a study into whether “social prescribing” helps improve mental wellbeing.

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