New studies highlight the need for more mental health treatment

In recent weeks, new studies have highlighted the need for more mental health treatment in Scotland. One in four people say the COVID-19 pandemic will have a negative effect on their mental health in the future. One third of those who had experienced a mental health problem before the pandemic said their condition had worsened since March 2020. It underlines the importance of HDS’s role to provide training and counselling services to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing in Scotland. Read more

HDS receives grant funding from the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund

Human Development Scotland (HDS) is delighted to have received grant funding from the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund set up by the Scottish Government and allocated through Inspiring Scotland. Read more

Rise in mental health problems amid pandemic

Doctors are seeing a rise in people reporting severe mental health difficulties, a group of NHS leaders says.  The NHS Confederation estimate that the rising demand will outstrip pre-coronavirus levels - perhaps by as much as 20%. Read more

A crucial time for employers to invest in counselling

The impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on employees’ work and personal lives shows this is a crucial time for employers to invest in workplace counselling, according to a new report. Read more

Looking after our mental health in uncertain times

Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during uncertain times. Here are some tips from members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) which we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health. Read more

Celebrating Volunteers' Week

Volunteers' Week is an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. At HDS, our volunteers provide vital support in a number of different roles. We are thankful to all our volunteers, past and present, and we were awarded the Volunteer Friendly Award. Read from our volunteer, Lee, who describes her experience volunteering with HDS. One of our volunteers, Lee, shares her experience of volunteering with us. Read more

Enrol for our postgraduate training

We offer postgraduate training courses for professionals working particularly in the NHS, social services, education, private practice and voluntary sector. Read more

Award winners

HDS received the Volunteer Friendly Award in recognition of the volunteering opportunities we provide. Read more

Counselling service open

We are pleased to announce that our counselling service is open to support clients across Scotland. Read more