Alliance Of Hope For Suicide Survivors
Rating: 4.87 stars 341 341 reviews 22,730
PO Box 7005 c/o Ronnie Susan Walker Evanston IL 60201 USA
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, provides healing support for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Our services help people survive the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of loss and eventually go beyond just surviving, to again lead meaningful and productive lives. Our Mission: Kindness matters. For those who've lost a loved one to suicide, it matters a lot. That’s why we exist: to provide healing, compassionate support to those who are suffering through the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of suicide. Our services help people survive and go beyond just surviving, to lead productive lives filled with meaning and joy.
Every day, people write to say the Alliance of Hope is their lifeline. Since 2008, over 5,000 people have joined our forum, exchanging more than 100,000 communications. We currently have the largest public data base about the survivor experience in the world. It is estimated that for each member who actively participates in our forum, 7 to 10 others read and get value, but do not join or post. Over 35% of those leaving reviews on our website have said we were their "lifeline" or "saved their life" in the aftermath of loss.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately one million people die by suicide annually. For each of those victims, eight other people are profoundly affected by a devastating grief that is not well-understood by most professionals, let alone the general public. Our services help people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. We help people survive the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of loss and eventually go beyond just surviving, to again lead meaningful and productive lives. With the help of communication technology, we reach places where no other support exists.
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2 people found this review helpful
Five months ago I lost my husband of 15 years, the father of my two children to suicide. I was completely shocked and devastated, convinced I could not survive this terrible blow. My family was there to support me through the funeral but then everyone quickly resumed their "normal" lives. I was drowning in a pool of grief so complicated I couldn't begin to make sense of what I was feeling or how to deal with it. And I had two children who needed their mother more than ever. That's when I began searching the web for some much needed support. I found it on the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors. I couldn't believe it. Sadly, there were many others who knew just what I was going through. This community of survivors has held me up when I needed it most. I will be forever grateful to AOH for helping me when others simply did not know how. AOH helped give my kids their mom back. I keep coming back to AOH to gain the strength I need and to support others on this journey of the suicide loss survivor.
6 people found this review helpful
I am a suicide survivor. I never thought I would have to say those words in my lifetime. When the youngest of my three sons took his life Septmber 9, 2013 at the age of 22 I was blind sided. None of us saw it coming. We had no warning. I found him. I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder in addition to unbearable grief. I found the Alliance of Hope by chance. It has been my saving grace and lifeline.
The Alliance of Hope is a club no one wanted to join. But the members share a strong bond of love and hope. There are people who care about you, will listen to you, will cry with you, and who will try to smile with you again one day. Pain is shared but so are memories and inspiration and suggestions.
I sometimes feel like I am the weakness person I know and other days I feel I am the strongest person I know. I reach out to family and friends and my counsellor for strength. And everey day I go to Allaince of Hope for my daily inspiration, a kind word, and strength from others who know my pain and can help me deal with it.
5 people found this review helpful
In August of 2014, our youngest daughter died by suicide. We were totally blind-sided by her suicide and never dreamed in a million years that would be something she would consider. In the aftermath, we were scrounging for someone or something to understand the pain we felt and to make sense of our own pain. We live in a very rural area so the resources were just not available. We finally did find a telephone counselor but she had never dealt with suicide and was kind of out of her element. After four long months, I finally discovered the Alliance of Hope Forum. It probably saved my life. It was somewhere to go in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. It was full of kind and compassionate people who had walked that same path. It has brought me healing and hope.
4 people found this review helpful
Our only daughter suffered from sever fibromyalgia, migraines and IBS for a couple years. Depression followed along with side effects of the medications she took. She overdosed this past April. and left us. In a millions years I would never be able to describe the sense of loss, isolation and devastation I felt. It was difficult to breathe, then the dawning that many around me had no idea what to say so they said nothing. Even my husband and I had trouble speaking about it. I started to search for some help and found this site. It has truly been a lifesaver. The survivors in this group know intimately how I feel, they say what I am thinking, they feel the same sense of isolation and they give from their hearts. There is so much empathy, love and caring, when I sign on, I feel a connection that I desperately needed. I honestly don't know where I would be without the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors and thank them all form the bottom of my heart each and every day.
2 people found this review helpful
Losing a loved one to suicide is devastating. I lost my husband, the love of my life, 9 months ago. My heart had been ripped from me and I didn't think I could go on living w/o him. But I have. I can honestly say, AOH has been a life saver. I have had guidance and love and truly caring people helping me get thru this tragedy. Other survivors KNOW...they know how you feel and what you are going thru, they know the devastation, they know how to comfort and to listen. AOH has made this life changing journey feel not so lonely. I have been given HOPE that I can live again....and learned a great deal about suicide, to really understand. I am so grateful to all the survivors...they are family and will forever be a part of my life.
This journey has been so difficult. Everyone on here understands and has been so helpful in my healing. Anything that I am feeling - they understand. They have been my lifeline for the past 9 1/2 months. I don't know how I would have survived to this point without them. I tried an in-person suicide survivors support group but it just left me feeling sad and lonely. No one there lost a husband and they didn't know what it was like to be totally alone - no family nearby. But at the Alliance of Hope - they know. And I don't feel so alone. Any questions or concerns that I have, someone else has been there and knows how I feel. The Alliance of Hope has been the biggest and best part of my healing.
When I first lost my boyfriend to gunshot wound to the head in October of 2014, I was feeling so much shock and trauma that I couldn-t function. I knew people loved me and cared about me in my personal life, but they simply didn-t know how to deal with someone in trauma. As the early days wore on, I finally found this site and would rise out of bed, if only to read and write on this forum. It helped me get out of bed and eventually, to work. I didn-t feel nearly so alone. I learned about ways to cope from other survivors further along. I learned to accept my experience and emotions as they occurred, which served to lessen my pain exponentially, at a time when I didn-t think I could take 1 oz. more of emotional pain without completely buckling under the pain and taking my own life.
So, yes, I will be forever and ever indebted to the support I have received here. True unconditional acceptance is something that isn-t always so easy to encounter or to show to others, but I have found both at AOH.
2 people found this review helpful
Since losing my son, Daniel, age 28, to suicide on March 9, 2015, I have been really struggling with coping with all parts of life. In the very early days I considered committing suicide myself, the grief and pain is very real and very hard to cope with. Living in a small town in Nevada it is hard to find a group to connect with where the members have been through a similar experience and are able to understand your feelings and struggles. At Alliance of Hope I have found others who have been through this trial and they are able to give me suggestions as to things that will help me to find a new normal in my life. At only 5 1/2 months since my son left I am still in the very early stages of healing and so many days are still extremely hard. Alliance of Hope is there for me at anytime of the day or night. It has truly been a life line for me. There is great comfort in having the support and guidance of those who truly understand. Bubbie
I felt so alone. I needed support. When I found this place and the wonderful people there, I finally felt connected to others who understood my pain. I met open, honest people who share their stories in hopes of helping someone else feel better. I found acceptance, connectedness, care, and most of all; hope that I can make it through my pain like the people who have gone before me.
3 people found this review helpful
Losing a loved one to suicide is the hardest thing you will ever experience, I know, I lost my beloved 24 year old son last November to this tragedy. When this first happened I was desperate, how does one deal with the immense pain and guilt , the shame , and sorrow? I found help in the Alliance of Hope forum. They are a group of loving and compassionate people who get my pain . By reading and posting , I have a semblance of healing take place. I feel so supported , and comforted. I know my son was ill , he didn't do this to hurt me, and nothing I did or didn't do caused this. If you find yourself on this road of loss , I would highly recommend giving this online forum a chance . With them, you are not alone. They will walk this road with you.