Coronavirus (COVID-19) health and social care updates

Mental health and wellbeing support

We are extremely aware that many people will experience an increase in mental health symptoms due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives.

It is important we do all we can to support our mental wellbeing and those we care for. Listed below are some key sources of advice, information and support that are available to help.

We are also conscious of an increased risk for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. If you are worried that you or someone you know may be or has been harmed, our social work teams remain fully staffed and available to speak to anyone who needs help. Call 0300 100 1800 or 01896 752 111 out of office hours.

Mental health and wellbeing

  • NHS Inform provides the most update to date guidance on coronavirus, including mental health support. There is advice on how to stay informed, create a healthy home routine, stay connected with friends and family and where you can turn to for advice and guidance.
  • The National Wellbeing Hub provides a wide range of self-care and wellbeing resources designed to aid resilience and provide support for family carers, volunteers and social care staff. 
  • The Wellbeing Point on the NHS Borders website provides information about a range of support services available both locally and nationally. 
  • SAMH has developed specific information on COVID-19 and mental wellbeing.
  • Clear Your Head provides advice on how to look after your mental wellbeing, including tips on how to stay positive and feel better.
  • Age Scotland provides information and advice for anyone 50 or older, as well as a free, confidential helpline: 0800 12 44 222 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).
  • Alzheimer Scotland has a 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline: 0808 808 3000.
  • The Royal Voluntary Service is providing a programme of themed online activities designed to help beat the boredom of isolation, as well as other hints and tips for staying active and connected.
  • Shared Care Scotland has developed a directory of 'short breaks for strange times'. These include everything from online courses, virtual museums, exercise programmes, read-alongs, and websites for children and young people, as well as support services that are delivering online.

Adult protection concerns

Contact Public Protection Services if you or someone you know is at risk of harm. More information is available on our website or by calling 0300 100 1800. Out of office hours, call 01896 752 111.

Domestic abuse concerns

Support continues to be available for anyone experiencing domestic abuse. In an emergency call 999 or the 24 hour National Domestic Helpline 0800 027 1234. Support is also available from our Domestic Abuse and Advocacy Support Service or from the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre.

Financial support and assistance

See our FAQs if you are experiencing money worries. You can also phone 0300 100 1800 for advice.