who can help

Here is a list of some of the key organisations that are relevant to this subject.

Click the name to take you to their website

All Borders sexual health clinics offer a free and confidential service to everyone regardless of age, sexuality or gender expression. The specialist team provides routine contraception and sexual health testing, treatment and advice, and depending on location, some offer more complex care. 


To help you with what you need from us, we have listed the main reasons why you may want to speak to us or come to see us. 


If these pages don't answer your question today about our services, you can call us on:


01896 663700  Monday – Friday  9am – 1pm

The Domestic Abuse Community Service (DACS) has a number of locality based staff supporting adults and children across the Scottish Borders, to aid their recovery from domestic abuse. Support is available to adults (both men and women), including victims of abuse within a same sex relationship, parents and single adults without children, as well as children and young people up to the age of 18 years.

The DACS service works closely with the Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support Service, offering support to those victims of domestic abuse who are assessed as being low to medium risk of further abuse. Support can be offered on a medium to long-term basis if this is needed.


Ettrick Family Resource Centre, Ettrick Road SELKIRK TD7 5AJ 


Telephone:   01750 22892 

Support, information and advocacy for all woman and girls in the Scottish Borders who have experienced rape or sexual violence.

Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre (SBRCC) offers practical and emotional support and information to all women and girls over 12 years old in the Scottish Borders who have experienced rape or sexual violence at any time in their life. Services are LGBT inclusive. 

Our vision is that Scotland is the best place to grow up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people.

Our mission is to play a leading role in the provision of quality youth work to LGBTI young people that promotes their health and wellbeing, and to be a valued and influential partner in LGBTI equality and human rights.

YouthBorders is the network of third sector youth organisations in the Scottish Borders representing over 3,500 young people. Our membership includes youth clubs, youth cafes, specialist projects, after school clubs and voluntary groups.

This guide offers ideas about how to become healthier and happier. 


This is sometimes called ‘wellbeing’.  There are many things we can do to look after our own wellbeing. 


There are also many things we can do to support the people around us to be healthier and happier. To be well, we need to look after both our minds and our bodies.  Wellbeing is not about being happy all the time – it’s about being able to deal with life’s challenges and being content.  Nobody can give wellbeing to you – you have to take action yourself.

Mental health is part of everyone’s day to day life, it affects all of us, but there is still a stigma around it. To tackle this properly we need young people to understand that it is okay not to be okay and you can talk about it.

Our study of young people found that only 37% said they would tell someone if they were finding it difficult to cope with their mental health.

Aye Mind is on a mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people – by making better use of the internet, social media and mobile technologies.

We have worked with young people aged 13 to 21 to create and share a wide range of resources - ayemind.com/resource-map/


We’re also making a digital toolkit for all who work with young people too, to boost their ability to promote youth wellbeing.

Quarriers aims to deliver early intervention and prevention methods by providing a holistic model of support to improve and promote emotional health and wellbeing.


This enables young people to become more resilient, confident and to take ownership to enhance and sustain their emotional health needs thus empowering them to thrive and attain within their school and communities

Loads of people have questions about sex and sexual health, relationships and pregnancy, so we’ve pulled together the most common ones here.

Sexual health and relationship info.  Advice and support for young people in Lothian.

Our vision is a society where everyone can make positive choices about their own sexual health and wellbeing.

Every year we answer thousands of questions about sexual health through our website and publications. We help parents talk to their children about growing up, support health professionals, campaign for better sexual health services and fight for the rights of all young people to have high-quality relationships and sex education.

Waverley Care is Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity.

We are a community of diverse and inspiring people united by the same goal – to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with or affected by HIV or Hepatitis C in Scotland.

Our work is focused on prevention, education, testing and support. Throughout Scotland we’re reducing new HIV and Hepatitis C infections, getting people diagnosed and supporting those affected in whatever ways they need. Through our work, we are also challenging HIV and Hepatitis C related stigma, tackling health inequalities and promoting good sexual health.

HIV Scotland is the national HIV policy organisation for Scotland.

We exist on behalf of all those living with and at risk of HIV to ensure that Scotland has responsive policies, quality services and a supportive environment that enable people living with or at risk of HIV in Scotland to live healthy and fulfilling lives.