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  

It has been a year and a half since my father took his life. In the months following his death, the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors was a lifeline that I needed so badly. I was on there everyday, multiple times a day. It helps in the healing process so much to be in contact with people who are feeling the same emotions as you. The website also has tons of information for those who wish to immerse themselves in the quest to understand "why" and "how" did this happen. I am forever grateful for having found solace in this website during some very dark days.

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

my healing process.

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

No changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife took her life 2 years ago. I wrote in once or twice and found the responses helpful. However, I go on the site frequently to read about other peoples experiences. That is where I find the most solace. The site allows me my privacy while participating by reading other posts. Thank you for that. I am greatful.

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My wife took her life 2 years ago. I wrote in once or twice and found the responses helpful. However, I go on the site frequently to read about other peoples experiences. That is where I find the most solace. The site allows me my privacy while participating by reading other posts. Thank you for that. I am greatful.

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

Make no changes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors when I had nearly given up looking for a support group. If was a huge relief to find a place where people knew what I was going through. I was finally able to communicate with other parents who had lost a child to suicide and it reassured me that I was not alone.

I'm so glad they are there to help.

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I was able to believe things would become manageable.

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

I would try to get the word out that this organization is there to help.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Alliance of Hope is a life line in the aftermath of suicide. It has helped me through my grieving process better than any place or anyone could. The members are amazing people who understand just what this journey is about. They have become part of my family and I will cherish them all the days of my life.

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I have experienced friendship and understanding from wonderful people.

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

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

After my brother-in-law died by suicide on June 6, 2011, I searched for help with my own grief and information on how to help my 6 year old niece. I joined Alliance of Hope and found a second family in an instant. This place is an absolute God send to survivors. The help you receive by members and moderators is beyond anything I could have imagined. I will be forever grateful for everyone on the forum and love them all!

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

My recovery from depression and anxiety from being a survivor of suicide.

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

Nothing at all. They are doing a great job!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My niece was a doctor who was 36 yrs. old and took her own life. My entire family was devistated. Nothing like this ever happened to my normal all american family. This organization helped my sister get thru some very hard times. It is so difficult to take the pain away from someone who has had a family member take their own life. This site has given my sister and I some comfort by sharing our sadness and experience with others who have gone thru similar experiences. I am not saying that this is a cure by any means but it does provide peace to many people who must endure the pain that something like this can cause. I decided to donate the money that I was able to give to this Alliance and I will make it an annual contribution as long as my finances allow.

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I think I covered this in the answer to my opinion of the Alliance of Hope. It is a very wonderful and worthwhile organization. That is why I donate money to it and view the postings.. It helps my heart.

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I would make the organization bigger and easier to access or more publicity,, but I guess advertising suicide is not a good topic.. but maybe the site could be a little easier to navigate.. but I think this would take money,, and I will try to give more whenever I can....

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found this site years ago - I had lost my older brother to suicide in 2005 but was still grieving and having difficulty with the loss, years later.

The site is a really great place for people to share their pain and have others come alongside them for support and to share experiences.

The site is technically easy to navigate and one thing I always liked were all the different categories for posts which enable people to find a topic they need at the time. It is also very well moderated.

People who suffer this specific type of loss, really need a confidential place where they can find support. I have often been thankful this site was out there when I - and others - needed it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in my own life - I felt immediate comfort knowing I could express feelings for which there was no other real outlet.

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

I'm not sure what changes I would make in this organization if I could. I am just glad it's there for me and others who need it.

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 it on an internet search.

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

This group really helped me work through the suicide loss of my brother. I have often thought I don't know if I would have done as well without the group.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

In many dark hours I have gained comfort, hope, support and validation from other suicide survivors as they share their journey.

I don't add anything, being more of a "lurker", but I gain so much. Many times, I have been able to make it another day because of the many posts and the kind of support available to those who log on.

Immensely valuable, words can't convey how much this forum supports and encourages me to "choose life".

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

just reading and knowing I wasn't alone as a suicide survivor

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

Can't think of any improvements at this time

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Rating: 5 stars  

Alliance for Hope provides tangible, helpful insights and resources to people grappling with the loss of someone they know to suicide. I look forward to watching the organization grow. It's providing a critical service on a sensitive issue, and I'm thankful for it!

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I found Alliance for Hope when I went looking for information online after a colleague of mine committed suicide in 2009. I referred my brother to the site recently when the son of one of his colleagues committed suicide.

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

Help it flourish!

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Rating: 5 stars  

On December 29th, 2010, my world forever changed. I lost someone I dearly loved to suicide.
In the aftermath of this horror I was completely lost - cast adrift in an unfamiliar, frightening, lonely, and chaotic world that I never imagined that I would find myself in.
One very long and lonely night, as I was desparately searching the internet for anything that would help me make sense of this, I came across the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors website.
Although I had in the past distanced myself from anything smacking of "social media" I was drawn to the sensitive and heartfelt blogs and posts.
5 days into the horror and isolation, I found myself in a community of others who knew all too well my pain and confusion.
As a moderator Ronnie Walker brings both painful life experience as well as compassionate and professional guidence.
I felt like I found a home - a family - a gathering of hearts and souls that encircled me despite their own searing losses. I literally found my lifeline.
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors has given me a sacred space to come at any hour on any day. Here I am free to be and to experience all that I am. There is always someone at the other end who reads, cares, reaches out, and allows me to breathe once more.
A virtual shoulder to lean on, a virtual hand to hold, and a real person who relates at a level that few can all that I am experiencing.
Here I have found a place to begin to heal.

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The sense of belonging and acceptance I feel is beyond my ability to articualte.

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

Let the whole world know it exists.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lost the love of my life to suicide on November 15, 2009. My life was turned upside down and I was devastated. My family begged me to seek counseling. Many people offered to be there for me and listen. But no one really knows what a suicide survivor except for other suicide survivors. I was blessed to find the Alliance of Hope Suicide Survivor Forum. It has been the single most beneficial tool I've used in trying to deal with my loss. Being able to interact and relate to so many different survivors from all different stages in the grieving process. It feels amazing to have a place where people share in hopes that it will help them heal as well as help heal others.

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

See above.

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

Add a live chat option.

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