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
Community Mental Health Services
All services are provided by Social Work, NHS Borders and other voluntary organisations. Some of which are listed:
- Independent advocacy
- Befriending service
- Employability service
- Youth project
- Carers service
Find out more - contact the team
- For information on how to get a mental health assessment or to find out more information on the Mental Health Officer Service, contact social work
- You can also find out information on the range of community mental health services available.
- Further information is available in relation to our guidance and statutory requirements by checking the Mental welfare commission for Scotland website or the Scottish Government site.
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
- Ideas for steps to improve your mental health can be found at the centre for mental health
- If you are experiencing stress, Steps for Stress contains helpful tips to help cope, it also has relaxation exercises to help reduce stress
- More information about mental wellbeing is available from NHS Scotland and NHS Choices
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.