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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(847) 868-3313
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Rating: 5 stars  

When I lost my husband on my birthday last year, I felt as though my life was over. The nightmare of finding his lifeless body traumatized and me and left me unable to sleep for weeks at a time. The quiet hours of the night were terrifying and lonely. When I found this site a month after his death, I was no longer alone. Any time, day or night, someone is there to listen. I have made wonderful friends and will continue to use this as a tool in my grieving process. I do not know how I would have gotten through the last year without this support.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

My son passed away to suicide. I was lost, and the whole experience is very isolating, due to the stigma placed on suicide. I found this site, and have been helped more here than any amount of counseling has done for me. The online forum has such a good group of supportive members and moderators. There is also education on suicide, mental illness, etc that has been invaluable. I will never "get over " the death of my son, but am learning how to cope with all the emotions, family and social dynamics through this forum

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

emotional coping and growth

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

I would like to see more information and emphasis on siblings loss due to suicide. THey seem to be overlooked in many ways

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2 people found this review helpful

My husband killed himself 5 months ago, and though my friends and family wanted to help in every way, no one understood as well as another suicide survivor. More specifically I even found a blog on the website for people who had lost a spouse or significant other, I met another woman who lost her S.O in the past year. We write each other almost every day. I have had many deperate times in these past 5 months but I know I can always log in to hear from a other survivor, or write if I need to. Alliance for Hope made such a difference in my healing, I'm forever grateful.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you find this group?

Web search

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

Gave me hope to go on, and helped me to know that I was not alone.

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2 people found this review helpful

Following my father's suicide in August 2011, I immediately turned to the Internet for help and for answers on how to begin to cope with my grief. I was so relieved to find the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors, which not only provided me with information on depression and suicide, but also a tremendously helpful forum for survivors. I've benefitted from learning more about the forces that can lead one to suicide, as well as tips on coping. The forum has been most helpful and I've gained strength from the support of others who understand what I'm going through.

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

My everyday life, each time I access the site and forums

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

I have no changes

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 search about suicide support

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

It has given me the courage to face my grief and learn how to navigate the different emotions.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

I had stumble upon Alliance of Hope 3 days after my mother had passed from suicide. It has helped me and several family member more then I could have ever imagined. It slowly has helped me heal and know that the emotions and things I'm going through are normal and that I'm not alone in this dark journey because every single person on this site has walked the same path. It helps me more and more over time and has amazingly helped me more then councling its self. This site is built of very compassionate people and staff from every walk of life and every different stage of grieving; giving me hope that I, myself will one day be able to heal and be happy after the suicide for my mother. I honestly don't know where id be personally if I had not found Alliance of Hope. Thank you Alliance of Hope, for slowly helping me on my journey to recovery and seeing that there is life after suicide.

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

The result of my coming to Alliance of Hope has showed me that there is hope in recovering from the loss of a loved one who has passed from suicide.

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

eaiser to use navigating through the website

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lost my husband to suicide. It was abrupt and unexpected and without a doubt the greatest trauma of my life. Like many suicide survivors, I experienced untold sleepless nights. I found the Alliance of Hope on the web one night. It was a life line for me. —A supportive, amazing group of people who had walked a mile in my shoes. I spent hours reading the posts and gaining comfort, hope and strength. I am grateful for this non-profit.

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

using the resources provided by Alliance of Hope. The web site was an absolute life line for me after my husband committed suicide. The organization brings people together and provides a forum unlike anything available on the web.

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

Suggest more of the same. Amazing!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lost my beloved daughter to suicide in April 2011. I found the site by chance and it has proved to be an amazing support at a time when I had no hope and had lost all faith. The wisdom, compassion and shared humanity provided by the site has kept me going during some very difficult, heart-wrenching times. The fact that I can express my feelings 24 hours a day and receive a response from another "survivor" makes me feel not so alone with my grief. I never thought I would need such a site, but suicide can happen in any family as I have so sadly found out.

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

Helping me cope with my daughter's suicide

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been 15 months since my brother took his own life. Unexpected death in any instance is devastating, suicide on the other hand is much more so as the emotions that go along with it are numerous. To have a place to go to is a great relief in a time that even the smallest understanding is a light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Alliance of Hope for Suicde Survivors is that light....Thanks, for all that you do...

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

the loss of my brother

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

none..they are doing an outstanding service to those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This forum provides support for unimmaginable grief. I have faced the loss of my brother, parents and grandparents over the last 9 years but the loss of my 19 yr old son to suicided was devistating to say the least!
To have access to people who share your pain, counceling, and information on what to expect with out having to leave your home (when even brushing your teeth is difficult) is a blessing!
Thank you Alliance of Hope, you are God sent Angels!

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

I experienced the results in every aspect of this forum.

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

I dont feel there are any changes needed.

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?

I found this group searching grief support online.

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

This group has encouraged me to continue living and that you can.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son took his life 16 months ago, and in the beginning I didn't really know what I needed. The Alliance for Hope is a wonderful source of help through the experiences and help found in the forums. But for me, the information written by professionals in the field gave me a great deal of comfort as I struggled to understand what was going on in my son's mind that lead to his death. I have recommended the organization to other survivors. I was most impressed by the fact that Ronnie Walker personally contacted me when I joined the forum, and she actively participates in some of the online discussions in a professional, compassionate way.

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

Using the online forum for suicide survivors. The sharing of experiences and the education provided by professionals in the field are such a help in dealing with the unthinkable. It is very easy to access.

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

Make sure that the organization received ongoing funding through donations and other sources. This would enable greater outreach.

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