Body & Soul presents: BRAVE NHS

A remote, psychotherapeutic service for NHS frontline staff and their families, launched by award winning charity, Body & Soul

08/04/2020 London: Award-winning charity, Body & Soul launches BRAVE NHS, the first instalment in a series of robust, trauma-informed services for those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.

BRAVE NHS is a remote psychotherapeutic call-back service where NHS staff can schedule a 30-minute session with a qualified talking therapist at a time that best suits them. There is no limit to the amount of times NHS staff can access this service. For those who need it, Body & Soul provides a space to be heard and held with empathy, by trained professionals. Options for longer-term support will also be available if required.

A team of over 70 qualified and experienced therapists have volunteered to give their time and expertise free of charge, to support NHS frontline workers.

Resources have also been developed for children, in recognition of the impact that Covid-19 will be having on the families of NHS workers. We can help children feel more informed, regulated and connected to their parents at this time of great disruption.

And when the immediate crisis from Covid-19 is perceived to be over, we believe that challenges will remain. We will continue to support NHS staff and their families for as long as they want.

For 23 years Body & Soul has been firmly on the frontline, supporting thousands of people and families who have experienced collective trauma. Renowned for its integrity in trauma-informed care, and harnessing the strength of community, Body & Soul is well-placed to run such a vital service.

Body & Soul supports the NHS England's helpline staffed by trained volunteers to help NHS staff in moments of crisis and despair.

“In these unparalleled times Body & Soul has drawn upon our 23 years of delivering frontline support to communities impacted by trauma, to reach out to those most affected by Covid 19. We feel passionate about contributing to the collective healing that we all need during this crisis. It is a call for a human response, for love to be put into action and for us all to be there for those who need us.” Emma Colyer MBE, Founder & Director of Body & Soul

Further Information

Emma Colyer: 07932 074296

Kara Winney: 07516 886178


About Body & Soul

At Body & Soul we understand how trauma impacts an individual’s life in multiple ways. Brave NHS Support is informed by our frontline experience of understanding the complexities of trauma, stress and PTSD. We consider it our responsibility to offer this vital trauma informed care in these times of crisis.

We know that our collective health and resilience relies on us being able to connect with our emotions and not ignore or suppress them.

Body & Soul is an award-winning charity established in 1996, most recently awarded the RSPH Public Health Minsters award in 2019. We have developed a comprehensive, community-based and trauma informed approach to address the life-threatening effects of trauma in people of all ages. Our ‘whole person’ model of care is rooted in a strengths-based approach that nurtures connection, healing and growth. Our approach is evidence based and informs all that we do. We take a systemic and humanistic approach that is collaborative, and solution focused. Through building members’ protective factors, we promote and develop resiliency, interrupt latent vulnerability and

transform lives.

Our Community Response to Covid-19

  • Support for any young person experiencing emotional distress through a weekly livestream session delivered by a leading DBT therapist in the UK

  • Crisis support for NHS Frontline Workers delivered by qualified therapists, with additional resources for children of workers

  • Care Couriers for highly vulnerable members of the Body & Soul community delivering medicine, food and crisis funds

  • Remote support for members of Body & Soul through phone, zoom, text and email

  • Digital Programming for the community from workshops to therapeutic groups, 1:1 s and poems/stories from well-known faces

  • Wellbeing resources, from yoga to mindfulness to nutrition.

Charity No: 1060062