Mental health

There are a number of services available in the Scottish Borders to help support adults who have mental illness or mental health problems. These include:

  • Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
  • Community Mental Health Teams
  • Mental Health Social Work Team and Mental Health Officer Service
  • Mental Health Rehabiliation Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Mental Health Crisis Service
  • Day Services

Access to most of these services can be sought through referral by your GP. This referral can lead to either a psychiatric assessment or a social work assessment.

Mental health housing and support services

We also provide housing and support services through Penumbra and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

Community Mental Health Services

All services are provided by Social Work, NHS Borders and other voluntary organisations. Some of which are listed:

Find out more - contact the team

Mental wellbeing

Mental health is not merely the absence of mental illness.

  • We require to have positive mental wellbeing; to have the skills to manage life’s ups and downs.
  • Mental health is affected by virtually everything we experience in our life.

Experiences which may impact on our wellbeing

  • An individual experience e.g. bereavement or relationship breakdown
  • An organisational experience such as closure of a workplace
  • A national political experience e.g. the current economic climate

All of these levels can have either a positive or negative on our ability to cope. Some things, we as individuals have little control over.

Steps we can take to improve our wellbeing

Mental Health in the workplace

  • Evidence shows that work is good for mental health and lack of employment has a negative effect on our wellbeing.
  • It is important that work does not have a negative impact on how we feel.
  • The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives has information and training available to help support mental health in the workplace.
  • SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) provides ideas about reasonable adjustments in the workplace.