Thank you for visiting the Human Development Scotland (HDS) website.

By using the HDS website, you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions. HDS reserves the rights to change these terms and conditions at any time by posting changes online. Your continued use of this website after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this agreement as modified.


HDS provides information about mental health education and counselling. The website is intended to provide general information only and, as such, should not be considered as a substitute for professional advice. It is up to you to contact a health professional if you are concerned about your or someone else’s mental health. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, you should contact the emergency services.

HDS does not give medical advice in relation to any individual case or client, nor does the HDS website provide medical or diagnostic services.

If you are a medical or health professional then you are encouraged to use the HDS website for general information purposes. However, you should not rely on material included here and we do not accept any responsibility if you do.

HDS does not guarantee that the website will be uninterrupted or error free, or that the website or your use of it will be free of viruses or harmful material. You are responsible for ensuring that your computer is suitable to use the website.

Use of the HDS website

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner which does not infringe the rights, or restrict, or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the site by any third party.

Except as permitted in these Terms and Conditions, you may not alter the website in any way or do anything that might or will damage or disrupt the good working order of the website or our equipment or software.

You must be over 16 or over or have consent from a parent or guardian to view or use the website.

Information you provide to us

You agree that any information you provide to us is true.

Any information you provide to us through the website will be treated in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Copyright and monitoring

The content of the website is owned by HDS or third parties. No content from the website may be copied, used or reproduced without our written consent, except where it is used for research and non-commercial use where no consent is required.

When you access any other website through the HDS website you understand that it is independent from HDS and that we have no control over that website, or the services offered through it.

User generated content

If you upload any content to the HDS website, you agree to accept the following house rules at all times:

You must not post or upload any content or use the website in a way that breaches any law.

You must not post or upload any content or use the website in a way that is offensive, threatening, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, harassing, false, misleading or unreliable, or that brings or is likely to bring the website or HDS into disrepute.

You agree to not contribute content that will infringe another user’s, organisation’s or person’s rights (including rights of privacy or publicity).

You are wholly responsible for all content posted by you on the website and for materials (including but not limited to emails) sent by you in connection to the website.

Please let us know immediately by contacting us at [email protected] if any of these rules are broken by you or other users, or if you have any concerns about material posted to the website.

Using your access to the website to send unsolicited bulk email or spam is forbidden.

HDS reserves the right to suspend or terminate your access to the website immediately at any time.

Any content you post to the website may be used by HDS for any purpose subject to our Privacy Policy.

If your access to the website is terminated or suspended for any reason, you must not access the website or any other HDS website without our prior consent.