Improving Mental Health in the Scottish Borders

Closed 3 Jul 2022

Opened 9 May 2022


Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention – Action Plan Development (2022-2025)

The Scottish Borders Joint Health Improvement Team (part of Public Health) is working with a multi-agency steering group of statutory and third sector partners to create a new three year action plan aiming to improve mental health and prevent suicide. This is not about our mental health services; it is about the things that help to prevent mental ill health and that promote good mental wellbeing.

Our current work covers communications and awareness campaigns, development of support resources, training around mental health and suicide prevention, research to develop our understanding of the wellbeing needs and challenges of people in the Scottish Borders and supporting communities in their approach to mental health.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather feedback from people in the Borders to help develop the Action Plan for Adult Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention in the Scottish Borders. Four programme areas have been identified by partners in our Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention Steering Group and we will be asking for your feedback about some of the ideas under these themes in the consultation:

  1. Promoting mental health and wellbeing
  2. Preventing suicide and self-harm
  3. Reducing mental health inequalities
  4. Improving the lives of people experiencing and recovering from mental ill health


This consultation will ask you to share any ideas that you have about improving the mental health and wellbeing of the Borders’ population and preventing suicide. Some people may find this distressing to think about. Self-help resources are available on NHS Borders Wellbeing Point to improve your wellbeing:

If you would like to talk to someone about your mental health then a range of support is available to suit your needs:




  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Children and Young People
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender people (LGBT)
  • Older people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with long term conditions