CARE organisations across Bromsgrove have united to launch a new service to help people struggling to cope with mental health issues sparked by the effects of the Covid pandemic.

Bromsgrove District Council, the Bromsgrove Primary Care Network and equality charity Onside have joined forces to unveil a new social prescribing service to help residents find their way back to normality after the upheaval of the past 12 months.

It will allow people to self-refer to a link worker, who will provide face-to-face support for them to learn about community activities and find solutions to their struggles caused by the pandemic.

Four social prescribing link workers - Jennifer Murray, Antonia Whitlock, Rebecca McGrory and Timothy Bird - have been appointed to help run the pioneering scheme.

Jennifer Murray said: "Whilst we are all excited for restrictions to lift, it's completely normal to feel anxious about this too and once again people will have to adapt to another 'new normal', which can be hard.

"I am looking forward to giving one-to-one support, helping people increase their confidence, realise their potential, empower them to cope better with whatever life throws at them and improve their overall wellbeing.

"After the last year, it will be fantastic to support people to lead a happier and more enriched life."

Research shows as many as one in five people see their doctor with non-medical issues which can be helped by schemes like social prescribing, helping the ease the burden on the NHS.