CASPER Social Prescribing Programme


Social Prescribing For Depression

Welcome to the Social Prescribing program developed by CASPER, New Zealand.  We are an organization that has been successfully working to reduce the high rate of suicides in New Zealand for over five years.

This is your own personal program for treating mild to moderate depression. Information is provided on a wide range of tested, evidence-based depression interventions which studies have found to be as effective, or more effective, than antidepressants.

Within each category there are references for the evidence-based activities to be undertaken with practical advice and resources for accessing and implementing them.   References to the studies are categorized in the last section.

You may be surprised at the large number of non-drug alternatives to managing moods and behaviors that are getting in the way of you living the life you want to live. With these benefits and without the risks of drugs, many people feel they are worth trying before they go down the medication path. 

Included in this information pack is a Social Prescription Pad.  It’s like the prescribing pad your doctor uses but instead of providing a drug based treatment plan, it provides a range of evidence based activities to help you regain the happiness, sense of hope and confidence in your ability to change your circumstances that depression has taken from you.

If you need support you can always contact us on our freephone number 0508CASPER.

Maria Bradshaw, CEO, CASPER,, New Zealand

Link to Social Prescription Pad

How to Use the Social Prescription Pad

Evidence Supporting Social Prescribing