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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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.

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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!!!

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

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.

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

Nothing. I love it

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

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

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Learning how to live again.

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

I would keep it the way it is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

make sure everyone who needs it have access to it.

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