Body and Soul
Body & Soul is currently providing the following services:
Counselling / Emotional regulation skills sessions over the phone / online to young people at risk of suicide.
Remote casework support and befriending service to people of all ages living with HIV Online content including children's bedtime stories, yoga workshops, cooking classes etc for our members (service-users) and the general public accessible through our social media pages.
Monday to Friday Between 9am - 5pm
Tel: 020 7923 6880
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
- 020 7923 6880 020 7923 6880
- Body and Soul's Website
- Scan to visit this website
- Name of venue
- Body & Soul
- EC1R 4RE
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
- Cost Details
- 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?
- Referral not required
- Referral Details
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.