Penumbra Borders Youth Project is a community based mental health project for young people aged 16-21 years old who live, work or study in the Scottish Borders.

What the Service offers

Borders Youth Project offers emotional support and structured advice to young people experiencing any difficulties relating to their mental health and wellbeing. This includes issues such as anxiety, low mood, family and relationship difficulties, self harming, suicidal thoughts, bullying, abuse, stress, sleep issues, anger management and drug and alcohol issues.

The project aims to build and develop resilience, alternative coping mechanisms and improve overall emotional wellbeing for young people.

In a friendly, non-judgemental and approachable way staff encourage young people to talk about their problems and become involved in decision making, so they can have influence over the service they receive. Each young person decides how often they use the Project and for how long.

Confidentiality is guaranteed to all service users and no information will be passed on to other organisation without express permission, with the exception of three distinct circumstances – if someone poses a serious risk to themselves, if they pose a serious risk to others, or if they are involved in illegal activities

Penumbra’s Borders Youth Project offers the following services:

One-to-One Support – One-to-one support gives young people an opportunity to talk confidentially about anything that is bothering them. Local Recovery Workers help them to manage any issues that they are experiencing and build new coping strategies and routines. Meetings can be held in a location which suits the young person.

Awareness Raising, Mental Health Promotion and Anti Stigma Work – Recovery Practitioners will provide on request, awareness raising sessions in schools or in Youth Centres on issues such as stress and how to look after your own mental wellbeing.

Group Work– The project also offers focussed support groups on issues such as anxiety, anger management and self harm. These are available on demand, typically with groups of between three and eight people.


More Information

Referrals can be made by any agency, parent, friend or by the young person themselves.

For more information on this service or to inquire about a referral contact:

Penumbra Borders
47 Ladhope Vale

T 01896 751 177

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