Mental health

Local area co-ordination - mental health

Our Local Area Co-ordination (LAC) team works with adults aged 18 years and over who have acknowledged mental health difficulties that are affecting their quality of life.

  • the team is made up of local area co-ordinators and community link workers
  • we work across the Borders and have bases in Duns, Galashiels, Hawick, Kelso and Peebles
  • our focus is on supporting people to be part of their local community

Who is the service for?

  • the LAC service is for adults aged 18 and over
  • you need to have a willingness and ability to engage with the service

We also have LAC services for:

How can I be referred to the service?

Anyone can refer. We also accept self-referrals.

How could the LAC team help me?

We can help you to:

  • think about what matters to you
  • increase your social connections
  • make links to community opportunities and services that may be of interest and beneficial to you
  • identify opportunities to use your skills in the community
  • build confidence and resilience to manage your health condition
  • improve your physical and mental health
  • become a more active member of your local community

We do this by:

  • meeting with you to find out what changes you want to make, and if we are the right service to assist you
  • working with you to find opportunities that allow you to make the changes you want
  • working flexibly with you for a period of time until you are able to continue with your activities or opportunities independently

Should things change, or you would like more input from the team, you can contact us again.

More information

Contact our LAC team to find out more. You can do this by:

  • phone: 01896 664155
  • email: 

You can also drop into your nearest What Matters Hub for information and advice. You may also be interested in ALISS, an online directory of services, groups and activities that could help support your health and wellbeing.