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June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

In 2007, my Fiance shot himself in front of me. He had been suffering from depression and I had called 911 a few weeks before b/c he was threatening again...this time he did it. They tried to bring him back but it was too much...he gave out and died on my lap around 9:30 five days after his 40th birthday.
I was a total mess. I found this site and started to open up, talk to people that had experienced the same things I had..the guilt, the trauma, the broken heart that never seems to heal...I am not sure where I would be today had I known came across this site.
It has helped me in ways that nobody but those who are there with me can understand. It's a community of people who really care about you and how you're doing...
Being able to talk and chat there made me able to talk about him again. I had been shut down for so long. I thank the Alliance for Survivors of Suicide, you guys have really made a great difference in my life and I love you all. From Ronnie to all the Moderators and just the ones that talk to me...you guys are awesome!!!!!

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ways that are hard to describe. When a person goes through such trauma, they shut down....this place, this organization opened me back up to healing and wanting to help others heal as well.

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

Nothing. I love it

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

My ex-husband committed suicide 5 months ago. We had just recently split up before he took his life and we had a very complicated relationship. This added to the complicated grief I was experiencing. As soon as I spoke to the moderator, I was recommended to many books that helped me understand this journey. I have three children and without this website I would not have been able to make this journey as well as I had. Every experience I encountered with this I found endless support. Suicide is a very isolating experience. I have learned so much from all the members of this organization. I felt alone when I came and I was met with open arms and hearts, which have brought me to life. This organization saved my life and my children's. I can not express the gratitude I have for it.

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I have personally experienced the results of this organization through countless ways. The first conversation I had with the moderator she told me I would not just survive. I held that close to my heart and that gave me hope I needed so much. I needed to know that it was about truly living beyond this experience. That with the heartache we can find our way through this journey. It helped in every experience I had with my children and changed how they dealt with this. I can't say enough...it saved our lives

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I would not change anything. This organization is maintained with the up most respect.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

My husband took his life less than 2 weeks ago. The alliance of hope has been a Godsend to me. To share what you are going through with others going through the same horrendous experience lets you know you are not alone. Within a couple of hours of my initial post I had responses of encouragement and knew I had found an invaluable support system. My world is torn apart right now, visiting this sight helps me put one foot in front of the other...baby steps.Through the alliance I have found someone going through a very similar situation to mine and we e-mail each other day. I feel I am free to say anything, uncensored to her as she "gets it" We are unfortunately, kindred spirits, we share our pain, talk about our kids, encourage when we can. The Alliance of hope is my life line.

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canada

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

none

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

I recommend this site to clients because I know it is safe, well monitored and has valuable information for people during an unrelentingly traumatic journey.

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I have personally learnt more about how to help others by reading the discussion board and learning what problems are being faced by those bereaved and how they have worked through them.

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

Provide it in a number of different languages and provide more information about suicide grief in different cultures.

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June 28, 2011

I lost my 28 year old son to suicide 1 1/2 yrs ago. We all were and still are devastated, especially me, his mother. He also was an organ donor. I did not know this site existed. I found it while doing some research on coping with this never ending sadness. I found an answer to most all my questions, and direction for more information if needed. I also found lots & lots of people on the forum who are going through the same thing. Whatever is on your mind, there is someone
there who can empathize,listen to your story, listen to there's and discover their ways of handling everything from trying to eat again to the possibility of being able to say goodbye, until we see each other
again. We have had a "Walk out of the Darkness" in his name. I have been on some form of this site at least once a day, usually more for
1 1/2 years. When most everyone around me looked at me like I was crazy, the forum took me seriously on the topic of life after death...and suggested names of mediums that they have had very good, healing.
results from. I hope that I will be able to help in some way, some day, when & if I am stable enough to. Spend some time instead of just money. For night now, all I know to say is THANK YOU for being there. I know I speak for hundreds of other people. I have even made a friend whom I correspond with via email and telephone. This person lives far far from me & her story has helped me quit thinking so much about myself.

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

Actually meeting and talking with many people who participated in the "Walk out of the Darkness". It brought my family together after the memorial to share feelings, be quiet together, and just remember.

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

Become a household word, remove any and all stigma so, if anyone needs to talk or needs immediate help, they, or a friend or family member, know just where to go!

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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?

Searching the Internet

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Trust, faith, courage, strength

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

I came to the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors last summer. I was extremely depressed and contemplating suicide myself. I thought suicide was the answer to my problems because I was depressed and needed a way to put a end to my pain. I thought I was worthless and no one would miss me after I was gone. I stumbled on the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors website while researching suicide online. I wanted to see the after effects of suicide on the people left behind to pick up the pieces. I read numerous stories of how much pain suicide causes and how much the survivors missed there loved ones. After I read the stories I realized my family and friends would be devastated if I went through with my suicide plans. The numerous stories also showed me that I was not worthless to my family and my family would miss me very much if I left them. The site made me think twice about taking my own life and it gave me hope for the future. there is no doubt in my mind the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors website saved my life. I chose to reach out to my family and keep on living instead of dying needlessly. My family was extremely glad I reached out to them and talked to them before I did any thing to harm myself. The members of the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors helped me through the tough time I was going through and they were very supportive. I cant say enough good things about the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors. I owe them my life.

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

The fact Im still here to type this message. If the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors did not exist I would be more than likely be dead right now.

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

secure more funding so the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors could reach out and help more people. It really is a shame that such a organization is needed because the people make the choice to kill themselves. I would make changes by trying to focus more on suicide prevention along with support of people after the fact.

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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

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Im still alive to type this message. I was planning on killing myself and they made me think twice about what i was about to go through with. I owe my life to them

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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June 27, 2011

The alliance has helped me threw the toughest time in my life. My brother took his life may 7 2011 and I felt like I had no one to turn to. There are are no support systems in my area so I turned online and Google and found the forum. I finally felt like I was not alone. I have found people who hurt like me and know what is appropriate to say when times get hard. Threw the alliance I have learned how to deal with the grieve and live the new journey my life has taken. If not for the alliance I don't know where I would be today. Thanks Ronnie for giving us survivors a reason to live.

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

Learning how to live again.

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

I would keep it the way it is.

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

I was in danger of literally grieving myself to death when I discovered the message board of what is now Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors. I found compassion and guidance from other mothers and Ronnie Walker, founder and professional counselor. It had an organized quality to it, unlike the chaos experienced on other suicide boards. I am completely convinced this "place" saved my life. Most others feel the same way.

The beauty of this board is how we move through time, holding on to one ahead of us, and reaching back for one behind us in experience. Time and compassionate understanding make all the difference in the world when it comes to surviving this horror.

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

that I was able to make a decision to be happy again.

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

make sure everyone who needs it have access to it.

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

This group is a godsend. My daughter's mental illness took her life on November 3, 2010 and i now live in a vacuum of grief, helplessness, anguish, pain and heartbreak. Basically, one of the worst existences you can imagine. Everyday is a battle, to exist...to get out of bed. This is a place where I have gotten so much information about what I am experiencing, enabling me to take care of myself. It's been inspirational, and the sharing has saved me. Any time of the day or night, you can pour your grief onto these pages, and someone is reading...understanding...and caring for you. Thank you for helping me on my sad journey. I have made a promise to help guide others as they continue down the same terrible road.

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

Understanding my experience, sharing my thoughts and grief.... helping me go on one more day. The information and support is right here...right now. And that is what you need. You can't wait until your therapist appointment... you come here, have people who care and can support you. Suicide is the epidemic that is not talked about, we need to educate and prevent. No more lost loved ones, no more loved ones feeling lost.

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

Nothing... help them grow.

June 27, 2011

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June 27, 2011

I lost my dad to suicide 3 years ago, when I was only 15. The online forum really helped me connect with others who had similar losses. I found that people that really cared about me and how I was doing. This forum/organization changed my life. I would not be the person I am now without having found it.

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

every aspect of my life.

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

nothing!

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