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(Joanna Rutter- Public Health Sheffield, Freya Liiv- Chair of Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Rebecca Batley- Chilypep and Bekah Harris- Chilypep and Ruth Fletcher-Brown, Public Health Rotherham)

South Yorkshire Partners were recognised for pioneering suicide prevention toolkit ‘Walk with Us’

South Yorkshire Local Authorities, NHS, SYP and Voluntary and Community sector organisations, have been working together for many years to develop a consistent approach to suicide prevention, informed by the experiences of those living within the region. A recent project was to coproduce a toolkit for children and young people bereaved by suicide which was an award winner at the LGC Awards last week in the Public/Public Partnership category.

Chilypep, (the Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project) was commissioned by NHS South Yorkshire and Local Authority Partners, to work with children, young people and families affected or bereaved by suicide to produce this fantastic resource.

The Local Government Chronicle Awards recognise the work of local authorities nationally, with the aim being to promote new innovations that can inspire other councils to improve their own services.

Sarah Boul from NHS South Yorkshire ICB said: “I’m incredibly proud that the Walk With Us Toolkit won at the Local Government Chronicle Awards in the Public/Public Partnership Category.

“The South Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Programme is a true partnership between multiple stakeholders all passionately driven to reduce deaths by suicide and support those affected or bereaved by suicide.

“The Walk With Us Toolkit has been produced by Chilypep with South Yorkshire Public Health Leads and co-produced by children and young people affected and bereaved by suicide. It is designed to support children, young people and families as well as being a guide for practitioners and professionals to support those affected or bereaved by suicide.

”This toolkit is the first of its kind produced nationally and would not have been possible without the bravery and resilience of the children and young people who contributed and shared their experiences with us.”

Visit to see the walk with us toolkit.