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Body and Soul

We have recently launched a new programme for 16-25 year old Islington residents who have recently attempted suicide. 

Body & Soul was set up 20 years ago to support children, teens and families living with HIV. We have pioneered a whole-person model of care that has now been extended to other groups, including teenagers who have been adopted and young people who have attempted suicide.

The whole-person model of care we have pioneered through our work with members over two decades reflects the complexity of their lives. It is designed to address not just the symptoms but the root causes responsible for many of the health and social problems they face – traumatic experiences in their past.

We are now reaching out to new groups with similarly complex lives. We have launched programmes tailored to children who have been adopted and young adults who have attempted suicide. We know from research that they are more likely to have experienced childhood adversity than the general population. Our new members may not be affected by HIV, but they share a lot with our existing members.

Body & Soul members have access to a full range of services that reflects our whole-person approach. For the new programme this includes one-to-one DBT as well as group therapeutic support through the DBT skills group, legal support and advocacy and family therapy. We also believe that connection is vital in breaking the cycle of isolation and self-harm. This means that we have a hot nutritious meal together weekly before the group sessions to encourage building community and friendship. We also use social prescription as a means of engaging members with other organisations so that they can build skills, confidence and purpose.

Additional support includes:

  • Ofsted-registered Children's Centre
  • In-house social worker, caseworker and advocacy Help Centre
  • (For the HIV programme) Education around HIV prevention, HIV treatment and relationships
  • Legal and Immigration clinics
  • Group and peer support sessions for all age groups
  • Professional one to one support e.g. counselling, play therapy, life coaching
  • Complementary therapies 
  • Support for future success: CV writing, employment advice, education support for young people and children

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ida Andreasen
Contact Position
Head of Suicide Prevention Services
Telephone
020 7923 6880
E-mail
enquiries@bodyandsoulcharity.org
Website
Body and Soul's Website

Location

Name
Body & Soul
Address
99-119
Rosebery Avenue
London
Postcode
EC1R 4RE
Accessibility notes

The building is fully wheelchair accessible and we have a children's centre that is available during service evenings for families who are pre-booked to come in.

 

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Monday to Friday, office hours

Other Details

Cost Details
Free
Who is this service for?
16-25 year olds who've attempted suicide, 8-16 year olds who are adopted, children, teens and families affected by HIV
Can I refer myself?
Yes
How to refer or apply

Referrals for the You are Not Alone Project can be made via email or phone. The key details I need are:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address incl. postcode
  • Contact number
  • Any relevant/additional information in regards to your concerns

For the HIV programme then referrals can be made through health or social workers, solicitors and other support staff. Self-referrals are also welcomed. In order to register at Body & Soul, individuals must first arrange a registration appointment. This can be done either over the phone or through the online registration form which can be filled in online and will be followed up by Body & Soul.

For the adoption programme you will need to talk to the social worker and get a referral from them using the adoption fund.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require additional information.

Record updated: 31/01/2019