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June 28, 2011

As a former steward of the Alliance for Hope for Suicide Survivors, I can attest to the loving, caring and nonjudgmental support it provides to those needing a safe place in which to share and explore their feelings about the most devastating life experience they may ever have to face. Not only does the Alliance have compassionate and resourceful moderators, (who are themselves survivors) but the community of survivors is a welcoming, generous, healing life force. Whatever I put into the Alliance I got back a hundred times over.

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that the Alliance helped me in the final stages of my journey to acceptance of the loss of a loved one that had happened years before when there were no survivor websites. There is still none to compare with the Alliance.

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June 28, 2011

My best friend died of suicide on December 1st 2010. I found this support group online. It's barely been 7 months but the people here have helped me in ways that no one else could understand if they were not themselves a suicide survivor. I am so grateful for this organization and the help and support they have provided me through the most difficult time of my life. The acceptance they show is incredible, no matter where you are coming in from. Thank you for all you do and will do for us suicide survivors. You truly help us survive.

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

my personal life. Because of the support I have found here I am doing more than just surviving. I am learning to live again after a significant loss. I am learning to live with the loss and not just "get over it" like so many people without this experience expect.

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

want to get the word out so that more people could find the support they need here.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Google

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June 28, 2011

I found Alliance of Hope a little over two years ago. When my son died by suicide the last thing that I wanted was to walk into an counselors office to tell my story, let alone meet someone I didn't know. When my daughter and I found the forum on the website it was a great way to "talk" without going outside of our home. There we were welcomed with open loving arms, by people that knew where we were in this long journey of complicated grief...A Suicide Survivor. I felt their love and support and that enabled me to go to counseling and to get the help that I needed. They reassured me when i had setbacks that it was "normal", and helped me stay strong when I could and allow myself to be weak when I couldn't and to not be ashamed of that. I have gone on to volunteer for the AFSP and to get involved in those causes, and recently I have been able to give back volunteering with a local fire department in their crisis response program and that has been a healing as well, and I have found a job and am planning on returning to teaching in August...all HUGE steps for me personally, no one wants to belong to this society of survivors but without them i would hate to think about where I would be.

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

surviving my son's suicide.

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

Make it bigger so that more people would be able to find it and get help!

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June 28, 2011

After our son died by suicide in 2008, I joined the Alliance of Hope I didn't say much at first and mostly read others posts. The replies were always very supportive and encouraging. Over the years I have referred many people to this forum. The forum is a global community and has many levels of sub-forums where a survivor can find their niche and connect with the right people.

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Because of my military service and our son have died by suicide while serving, I found my special niche on the forums. After many months of posting on the Military/Fire/Police forums I was asked to be a Steward of that sub-forum. I was also given a platform to blog on important Military Suicide issues on the Military/Fire/Police blog. My recent "A Death Less Honorable" blog was quoted from by the CNN news service and a handful of other media outlets. The Alliance is making a difference!

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

The only changed required is continued growth.

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June 28, 2011

I joined the alliance of hope website in april this year after I found my father who had killed himself. I felt so alone, didn't want to make my family members more upset, didn't want to burden my friends etc. I didn't know how many people have been affected by suicide. I most certainly didn't think that a place existed that was dedicated to the survivors. That's when I stumbled upon this fantastic website. I shared my story with the members and almost immediately I received such kind responses. I now don't feel like I'm travelling this journey alone. None of us asked to be on this journey but no matter how down someone is feeling, there is always someone at the alliance of hope to talk to. I had no experience of suicide before this happened, so there were times when the thoughts, the feelings etc I had were making me think I was going crazy. Just logging on, helped me realise I wasn't the first, and I unfortunately won't be the last to have these feelings. Ronnie Walker and the alliance of hope volunteers do an absolutely wonderful job of running this site and I believe that without it, I wouldn't have come on as far as I have in the last 2 sad, emotional months. Well done to you all!!!

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It's helped me more than anything else could have in these past 12 weeks.

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I don't believe there are any negative things to say about this organisation. I would like to say maybe area support groups but because there is such a massive member database and not enough resources, this wouldn't be achievable in the near future.

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I am a professional who works in the field of suicide and crisis intervention responding to callers and individuals who are coping with tremendous pain and distress. For the past 27 years I have facilitated a survivor of suicide support group for persons who are grieving the death of a loved one. Early on there was little literature or research into the area of loss due to suicide or survivors. Years of research has provided so many opportunities now for survivors to reach out to others who understand their pain. I am not a person who recommends sites lightly, But the Alliance of Hope has built a site that contains important and valid information, a place for survivors to share their stories, and well informed site managers who are able to assist others through the stages of grief and loss. Surviving a Suicide death is a forever journey and there is no comparable death like it. The Alliance of Hope offers support and accurate information to countless individuals. THe members of my group who have accessed the Alliance of Hope site have found such help and support beyond measure. Please consider this very worthy organization because it does make a difference every day with survivors.

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I have referred the support group members to the Alliance of Hope and have also shared information with other members on the site.

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I have no suggestions for change but they could do so much more with adequate funding.

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June 28, 2011

This organization is a wonderful group that my mom has become a part of in her own search for a way to make meaning of my brother's death by suicide.

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seeing how my mother has become an advocate for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

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help find more funding!

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June 28, 2011

The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors is literally a lifesaver, here to help those of us thrown into this new world of grief. We were unable to save our loved ones, here on this forum we are able to survive and learn how to thrive in our own lives.
We experience pain like nothing anyone
can ever imagine, unless they have been on this journey themselves. My son was 21, just shy of his 22nd birthday. He battled with depression for many years. After his death by suicide, I had no idea of what to do, what emotions would wash over me, how to handle everything, the list goes on and on.
Here I was able to gain some type of meaning to all of these feelings and at least I could see that others had "survived" this traumatic experience.
We share about our losses and read stories of these wonderful people that are no longer here in person to make us laugh and smile, these people that we miss and love dearly. Now we remember them for all they were, we smile at memories and we honor them by living our lives and keeping their spirits alive.
The amount of compassion and resources are amazing and so very much appreciated. What a safe haven. A place where anyone can go, not everyone is ready for counseling or a group type of a setting, we live all across the world and here we are able to come together and find a bit of peace, healing and hope.
Thank you Alliance of Hope! Thank you from the bottom of my broken heart.

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

Reading the posts of others who really understand what this journey is like after a tragic death of a loved one. I've found hope. The resources are impressive.

Ways to make it better...

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

Be sure that every survivor becomes aware of this organization the moment they lose a loved one to suicide.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

An Internet search

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Alliance for Hope has helped me so much to deal with the pain of my brother's suicide, that I can not fathom how I would have been able to function as a member of society without it.
People join the site and share intimate stories of their survival, some days after the suicide, some years
later. When I read a new survivor's post it helps me to not feel so alone. And when I read a long term survivor's post it gives me hope for the future.

I feel immensely fortunate to have found the site at all. There are many suicide survivor support groups out there, but the Alliance for Hope site is much more compassionate somehow. I am not sure why some of the other sites are so different, but I do know that I feel more at peace when I use the Alliance site, rather than another site.

When suicide happens it leaves those affected to feel shunned and alone and it was very critical to my well being to find a site with members in my same shoes. It helped me to feel safe and not crazy or alone. For example; I had great difficulty getting up day after day and even doing simple things like taking a shower. Even months later, it was difficult for me to experience joy in my life. It is helpful to find that other suicide survivors struggle with these basic things too.
I am forever very thankful.

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The Alliance for Hope site is critical to me because an event can occur in my life (even something small) at any time, which triggers emotions that need an outlet somehow. If there are no suicide survivor meetings on that day or week in my city I can just get on the site and find relief or compassion in someone else's post. Or I can write about my own experience as an outlet 24 hours a day, even on Christmas.

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

I can't think of any changes. It seems very safe/confidential. When I first joined I remember wanting to know what the members looked like. Probably because I am such a visual person and associate names with faces better than names with words. Most people post a picture of their loved one that has passed. Sometimes I wish the members had more of a profile as well to share with other logged in members.

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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?

internet searches

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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June 28, 2011

When my stepson died by suicide the week of Thanksgiving,2010 I was lost as to how to express my feelings/emotions. I searched the internet for an online support group and found Alliance of Hope For Suicide Survivors. This group has been my life-line ever since. This place/group is not judgemental and offers support 24/7. There is always someone "there" willing to listen as we pour out the myriad of emotions and the ocean of pain we are in. I cannot tell you how much the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors has meant and continues to mean to me. I truly don't know what I would do without it and the wonderful people there. Thank you is not enough.

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

Knowing that I am not alone and the things that I am experiencing are normal given the suicide of a close member of my family. I have learned that HOPE doesn't die.

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

I do not know. Maybe give Ronnie some more help. God Bless you, Ronnie and Thanks.

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