Alliance Of Hope For Suicide Survivors

Rating: 4.87 stars   341 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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(847) 868-3313
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Rating: 5 stars  

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Alliance of Hope is a very special organization and its founder Ronnie Walker is a wonder. She has poured countless hours and even more love into making Alliance of Hope a top-notch provider of support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

The pain of the people coming to AOH for help is palpable and heart-breaking, but the love, care and support they receive is miraculous.

People grieving from the death of a loved one who took his or her own life experience a unique pain, and AOH provides unique help to those in need. Losing someone to suicide is not like losing someone to an accident or disease, and AOH's dedication to helping just suicide "survivors" is necessary and rare. Ronnie's expertise in this area is incredibly valuable, and she is filling a great void.

In a time of darkness, AOH is a great source of light for the grieving.

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Anyone who has spent any time reading the testimonials on the site and reviewing the resources availble to the grieving will come to understand the healing power of this organization.

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I would like to see AOH grow. It does such wonderful work; I would like as many people as possible benefit from it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having been a fundraiser for over 20 years, I was very much impressed by the mission and vision of the organization because it actually does what it says it's going to do. It The compassion and relatedness of the organization's founder are unprecidented in her service to the participants. This organization is making a real difference and truly exemplifies the definitiion of "nonprofit" in the world of nonprofits.

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watching it grow from a concept to a real, working difference-making viable nonprofit organization

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I would do advertising and marketing.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The AOH provides hope to suicide survivors in the truest sense: a process of healing, a safe space, and community support across all lines of class and nationality -- while acknowledging that there is, ultimately, no closure. Suicide is not something we "get over." And yet until AOH, there was no space online where survivors could find each other to help each other reach some semblance of peace. That's why what AOH provides is so important. No one else is doing what AOH does. And given the stigma surrounding suicide, it's sorely needed. The gifts of hope and healing that people receive on the AOH website are incalculable.

Equally important, the site is run by someone who knows her stuff on this topic. Ronnie Walker is a clinically trained trauma and loss expert who provides excellent counseling services. The site isn't just a random meeting place or crossroads, but a guided, carefully constructed space of healing. Her gentle expertise, derived from a wealth of experience, assures suicide survivors that they are in good, safe hands.

Many in my own family have struggled with depression. Although no one has committed suicide, I have, at times, feared that it might happen. The fear itself can be devastating. And I know that I could just as easily be a suicide survivor as any of the community members of AOH. "There but for the grace of God go I." And so I am utterly grateful for AOH's presence. It provides a kind of healing that anyone could need but, until AOH, so few could get.

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Although I am not a suicide survivor myself, I know people who are, and I have had the (at times crippling) fear that suicide might take someone I love. Seeing the forums was reassuring and even a bit cathartic on that front. It's a beautiful, beautiful thing.

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The presentation of the website could be polished in spots, like making the community forums easier to find and having an identifiable logo.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

So many lives are affected by our support and this organization establishes the impact of who cares, and who represents the change that is needed.

We all need an outlet to express our discomfort with our existence and this site performs a service that maintains a spirit of acceptance to overcome our internal and external conflicts.

We need more.

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I've personally known the founder of this organization

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Send out alerts to targeted communities.

 
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