ALLIANCE OF HOPE FOR SUICIDE SURVIVORS

Rating: 4.86 stars   328 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: PO Box 7005 c/o Ronnie Susan Walker Evanston IL 60201 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 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.
Target demographics: 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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(847) 868-3313
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Rating: 5 stars  

In many dark hours I have gained comfort, hope, support and validation from other suicide survivors as they share their journey.

I don't add anything, being more of a "lurker", but I gain so much. Many times, I have been able to make it another day because of the many posts and the kind of support available to those who log on.

Immensely valuable, words can't convey how much this forum supports and encourages me to "choose life".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

just reading and knowing I wasn't alone as a suicide survivor

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any improvements at this time

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Rating: 5 stars  

When someone works with passion, love and an intention to nuture and mentor, its can only be reflected in their work. Alliance of Hope is just that. It is truly a way for those surviving the loss of a loved one to be shown the hope that truly does exist, although somewhat temporarily hidden from their view.

I know the founder Ronnie Walker, and know her dedication and unwavering commitment to make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched and listened to the work of it's organization through the sharing of it's founder, Ronnie Walker.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no changes at this time. I just wish it was possible that this non for profit be promoted far and wide like many of our community's other non for profits. I pray for the end to the stigma of suicide. We all must be more understanding, and this non for profit continues to do that great work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This amazing site grew out of the experience and dedication of its founder who continues to encourage and mentor the responders. This is a labor of love that is a gift to all those survivors who have sucessfully followed an internet search to receive help with their grieving process.
The over 2,000 people who have been helped to-date form a solid foundation for the continued success of the Alliance of Hope and a dramatic proof of why each and every donation fulfills a compelling need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Referring the site to half a dozen members of my extended Chicago community who were in need of this type of support. It also has an excellent referral section for readings one can turn to during the grief-stricken period. The survivors hurt for years after their loss. And, this site supports the many different degrees of grieving.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Suggest fresh ideas to promote its availability. It needs much greater donor support and a revenue stream for sustainability as the benind-the-scenes maintenance and interaction is 24/7.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The professionalism and thought represented by all of the various departments offered.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Made in the past.

What would you tell others about this organization?

A unique support site that compassionately and professionally serves survivors-of-suicide seeking insight and relief from their personal pain.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lost my father and brother to suicide and 2001 and it's helped me greatly to know that Alliance of Hope is there. With anything like this, it's so easy to feel alone, and even when I don't post, I often read the messages of others.

A great thing about Alliance of Hope is the opportunity to reach out to those with recent losses and provide hope and comfort, so when I'm in a good place I can share that positive energy.

If you need others to understand and support you after the loss of a loved one to suicide, don't be afraid. Come visit. We know.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

terms of my own personal life, and the long journey of coming to understand and forgive.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get it registered as a charity so that it could get funding.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

I was searching for a place to find others.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found the Alliance of Hope when I was in the darkest of days. I lost my son to suicide in 2008. The support of the members and the caring people on the forum are now what I consider to be my family. Each person there knows what you are going through with the lost of someone in this manner. Great people and great organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally found hope and great freinds here that understand what I am going through

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only that it was bigger and capable of helping more people

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Rating: 5 stars  

Alliance for Hope provides tangible, helpful insights and resources to people grappling with the loss of someone they know to suicide. I look forward to watching the organization grow. It's providing a critical service on a sensitive issue, and I'm thankful for it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I found Alliance for Hope when I went looking for information online after a colleague of mine committed suicide in 2009. I referred my brother to the site recently when the son of one of his colleagues committed suicide.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it flourish!

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Rating: 5 stars  

On December 29th, 2010, my world forever changed. I lost someone I dearly loved to suicide.
In the aftermath of this horror I was completely lost - cast adrift in an unfamiliar, frightening, lonely, and chaotic world that I never imagined that I would find myself in.
One very long and lonely night, as I was desparately searching the internet for anything that would help me make sense of this, I came across the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors website.
Although I had in the past distanced myself from anything smacking of "social media" I was drawn to the sensitive and heartfelt blogs and posts.
5 days into the horror and isolation, I found myself in a community of others who knew all too well my pain and confusion.
As a moderator Ronnie Walker brings both painful life experience as well as compassionate and professional guidence.
I felt like I found a home - a family - a gathering of hearts and souls that encircled me despite their own searing losses. I literally found my lifeline.
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors has given me a sacred space to come at any hour on any day. Here I am free to be and to experience all that I am. There is always someone at the other end who reads, cares, reaches out, and allows me to breathe once more.
A virtual shoulder to lean on, a virtual hand to hold, and a real person who relates at a level that few can all that I am experiencing.
Here I have found a place to begin to heal.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The sense of belonging and acceptance I feel is beyond my ability to articualte.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Let the whole world know it exists.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lost the love of my life to suicide on November 15, 2009. My life was turned upside down and I was devastated. My family begged me to seek counseling. Many people offered to be there for me and listen. But no one really knows what a suicide survivor except for other suicide survivors. I was blessed to find the Alliance of Hope Suicide Survivor Forum. It has been the single most beneficial tool I've used in trying to deal with my loss. Being able to interact and relate to so many different survivors from all different stages in the grieving process. It feels amazing to have a place where people share in hopes that it will help them heal as well as help heal others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add a live chat option.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lost my son to suicide in Dec 09..he was 24.
I also suffer from depression and have no support other than professionals in the mental health sector.
I went on line looking for support and to talk to others who understood my pain .
I found the AOH forum and think it's amazing..
so many friendly and supportive people .
Very well run..the admins do a great job.
It also gives me the chance to ''help'' others which in turn helps me.
This forum has been a huge part of my journey down this terrible road called grief.
Long live AOH!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

AOH has been very supportive, understanding and a great comfort to me during the last 18 months of intense grief at the loss of my dear son.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

doesn't need changes as far as I can see..

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Rating: 4 stars  

In one of the darkest times in my life and not knowing if anyone I knew would understand I found the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors web site. The people on the site were very understanding and helped me when I didn't know where else to turn. I am truly grateful the Alliance was there for me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me cope with my loss.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

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