Terms of Use

Sunday, 02 December 2007


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Here is what the key terms in this document mean, in alphabetical order:

  • content means all original or licensed text, audio, video, graphics or images on the site

  • contributors means anyone apart from the site developers who sends in, or posts onto the bulletin board, material to be used on the site

  • cookies are text files used to help recognise site users

  • data protection officer means staff member in charge of implementing BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK  data protection policy

  • defamation is a legal term that means publishing a statement, regarding a person or organisation's reputation, which tends to lower their reputation in society's view

  • external site means any other website apart from this one

  • libel is a legal term that means the written transmission of defamatory statements when published

  • BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK , we, us, our, site owner means Black Mental Health UK , the organisation which runs this website

  • moderation means the process we use to monitor postings to our discussion board

  • the site means the Black Mental Health UK website at http://www.blackmentalhealth.org.uk

  • user, you, your means anyone who accesses the Black Mental Health UK website.


Site owners

Black Mental Health UK aims to run this website responsibly and with courtesy and encourages site users to respect other users and contributors.  We invite you to read this document to increase your understanding and enjoyment of the Black Mental Health UK website.


Site use

You agree to use this website only for lawful purposes.  By using this site, you agree to be bound by the site terms and conditions set out in this document. If you do not accept these please do not use the site.

Site content is intended as general information and is not meant to take the place of advice from a qualified legal, medical, health, psychiatric or counselling professional.  While it can help you towards greater understanding of mental health problems it cannot provide diagnosis or treatment.  You are encouraged to talk to a trusted practitioner, your doctor, family and friends.

We have developed all the information on the site from the perspective of human rights and race equality campaigners.We will update and review content regularly.

Legal and policy information on this site is only relevant to England and Wales.  Users living in other parts of the United Kingdom or elsewhere should consult equivalent organisations in their own country for appropriate information.

While we have tried to ensure the appropriateness of all site content, some content may nevertheless be disturbing for some people. Those who may be distressed by representations of some mental health circumstances should not use the site.

We cannot guarantee that all content is appropriate for children. We recommend that parents supervise children using this site.




Using this site via a web browser or similar software package means you have copied it (downloaded its contents into your computer) and should therefore be aware of legal sanctions against copyright infringement as set out in the Copyright, Designs & Patent Act (1998) and related legislation.


BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK holds the copyright for all content on the site unless otherwise indicated. 


BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK -copyrighted content may be printed out for personal, non-commercial use (eg research or private study) as long as you credit the site owner and mention the day you downloaded the page as follows:


© Copyright Black Mental Health UK . All rights reserved.

You may use screen shots of this website in printed material with BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK 's permission. Screen shots must appear with copy and graphics unaltered.

For all other uses, except for material for which BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK  does not hold the copyright, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it including your daytime phone number. 


Permission to republish non-BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK copyrighted content must be sought from the copyright holder(s) concerned.



BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK would like to thank all those who contributed to or helped to produce this site.  We have tried to acknowledge individuals/credit sources on the site where appropriate. 

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK aims to respect the rights of all copyright holders. If you believe that your work has not been credited or has been attributed incorrectly then email the web editor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Please note that it may not always be possible for us to rectify mistakes and omissions straight away.


Data Protection

The Data Protection Act (1998) states that personal information in either computerised or paper-based form should be collected and stored with reference to a set of 8 principles devised to protect living individuals who can be identified from the data (Data Subjects). 

This means that we are committed to responsibly processing any personal data or sensitive personal data that we collect and store, as either computerised or paper-based records, in accordance with the 8 Data Protection principles.


Data Processing Purposes


Data processing means obtaining, recording, holding or storing information and carrying out any operations on personal data, including adaptation, alteration, use, disclosure, transfer, erasure or destruction.


BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK allocates data into one or more of the following three online profiles (levels of accessibility) as appropriate during processing:


1 Non-web profile

  • accessible only by the BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK  Data Protection Officer and/or BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK project team

  • any data you have not given consent for publishing on the website

  • private contact details for post, e-mail, phone or fax communications

  • password-protected online records on web server/BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK  office network

  • other BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK  files used for administration and research


2 Website personal profile

  • accessible only by you on the website using correct password

  • Site registration form details

  • Black Mental Health subscription form details



Sensitive data

We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone.

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998) we will take special care with sensitive personal information and obtain your permission before we pass it on.

This includes data regarding:

·        mental or physical health

·        ethnic or racial origins

·        political beliefs

·        religious or similar beliefs

·        trade union membership

·        sexual life

·        commission or alleged commission of any offence

·        proceedings for offences or alleged offences

All photos on the site are treated as sensitive personal data whenever a person can be clearly identified. It is our policy to seek explicit ‘permission to publish' from any individual likely to be clearly identifiable in any image on the site.

We may send personally identifiable information about you to other people or agencies if we find that your actions on the site violate Site Terms and Conditions (by which all users agree to be bound), or English law.

Cross-border data

By entering and submitting your details via online forms for publication on our website you agree to BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK transferring and storing your personal data outside the European Economic Area.


The European Economic Area consists of the fifteen member states of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.


Data Protection Enquiries

You have the right to request the viewing, reviewing, change or removal of your personal data from the website by contacting:

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

See also the website of the Information Commissioner, a UK independent supervisory authority, for further information on data protection principles and your rights as a Data Subject.


Some sites use persistent cookies that sit on a user's hard disk drive after a user has left the site and which track repeat visits and other data. 

This site uses only temporary cookies, which are active every time you visit and disappear when you leave.

You can choose to enable or disable cookies using your web browser.  Each browser has a different way of setting this, depending on which type and version you have eg Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Opera.

First, find out which browser version you are running by using a website which offers a free online browser checker, such as this one from web security company Secunia. 

As soon as you click on the browser checker link the site will automatically detect which browser you are currently using.  This site also displays information on any plug-ins you may have in your system e.g. Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash or Apple Quicktime.

Second, enable or disable cookies according to which browser version you are running using keyboard command sequences as listed on sites like this: http://www.aboutcookies.org/cookiefaq.html

Web bugs

This site does not use web bugs (invisible embedded picture files) to profile users.

Site logs

Our web servers maintain site logs which include the IP information (unique identification number) of all computers downloading our pages. We only use these logs to determine the number of machines using our site.  We will not identify users themselves in this way, or publish or pass IP information to a third party.

Site security 

As the internet is not a secure medium of communication, BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK cannot guarantee the secure transmission of any information you upload via online forms.


Site contributors

How you can contribute

By contributing work to this site, you also guarantee that the work:

·        Is your own original work and that you have the right to make it available to BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK

·        Is not defamatory

·        Does not infringe any law

You agree to indemnify (cover) BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred as a result of your breach of the above warranty.

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK reserves the right to edit, remove or otherwise change all content from contributors.

Contributors agree to grant BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK a continuous, royalty-free, non-exclusive license with worldwide rights to publish their work in any media now known or later developed.

Contributors retain the copyright to their work so should seek to protect themselves against copyright violation.

The Internet was designed to facilitate information sharing, which can work against copyright enforcement. If you do not wish your material to be downloaded, stored or reused by anyone worldwide with Internet access, you should not contribute material to the site.


Limited Liability

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK cannot guarantee the content or technical fitness of this website, which users use at their own risk.

All legal matters relating to this site shall be dealt with under the laws of England and Wales.



Some links on this site go to external websites, over which BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK has no jurisdiction or affiliation.  Links imply neither endorsement nor a lack of endorsement.


Please feel free to link to the BMH UK website, but please check your links regularly to avoid broken links in the event of site updates. BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK reserves the right to request the removal of any link.



Several areas of the site (e.g. discussion board, personal stories, database details) may express the views of external individuals or organisations.  This content does not necessarily reflect the views of BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK .


Site users contact groups and individuals featured on this site at their own risk as their inclusion on the site does not imply endorsement by BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK .


Site changes

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK shall have the right at any time to change, modify or discontinue any aspect or feature of this website, including, but not limited to, content, hours of availability, equipment necessary for access or use.

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH UK reserves the right to change Site Terms & Conditions and all other policy documents at any time by posting changes online. As a user of this site you agree to regularly review information posted online.

Policy changes

This first version of the Site Terms & Conditions was written in December 2007.


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