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June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

I found this forum 15 months after my wife's suicide. I was an emotional wreck until I recieved the support and insight gained by my fellow forum members. I could not have picked myself back up and got on with my life if it had not been for this forum. It is an incredible resourse for those who need it.

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It gave me insight into my condition and helped me accept what had happened

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This organization needs to be known to more people in need

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

Both my brothers killed themselves, 13 years apart, one also killing his wife.
I am on a lot of forums so it was natural to search for one for suicide survivors. The help and support was immediate.
I was so thankful I had these caring people to turn to day or night.
My personal road to
recovery was much quicker having been a part of this wonderful forum..

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

my recovery

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

not change a thing

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

I go in streaks wondering about what exactly happened with my late son. I found this site, and on it a lot of good advice and support to help me get through my upsetting feelings that were affecting my life as it is now. It was very comforting to find a place where people understood what it was like to have to deal with the after-effects of a suicide.

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

my personal life, in showing there are others with similar situations to mine who are willing to support those who need it, when they need it.

Ways to make it better...

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

Publicize it more.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

When my husband of 27 years shot and killed himself in front of me three years ago ( 6/23/08) as a result of PTSD from 9/11 , I felt so alone. Even though family and friends wanted to help, no one could understand what I was going through. I still visit the Alliance for Hope site often, and they have been a true sources of support for me. I can find people who share my feelings and know first -hand what I am going through, I don't feel crazy or totally alone with my thoughts now. No matter what time of day or night you can log on and find help and support.. I can not praise this site enough for helping me.

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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. This site saved my life!!!

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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?

Surfing the web for answers and information to help me deal with my husbands suicide.

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

Saved my life!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

As a former steward of the Alliance for Hope for Suicide Survivors, I can attest to the loving, caring and nonjudgmental support it provides to those needing a safe place in which to share and explore their feelings about the most devastating life experience they may ever have to face. Not only does the Alliance have compassionate and resourceful moderators, (who are themselves survivors) but the community of survivors is a welcoming, generous, healing life force. Whatever I put into the Alliance I got back a hundred times over.

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

that the Alliance helped me in the final stages of my journey to acceptance of the loss of a loved one that had happened years before when there were no survivor websites. There is still none to compare with the Alliance.

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June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

My best friend died of suicide on December 1st 2010. I found this support group online. It's barely been 7 months but the people here have helped me in ways that no one else could understand if they were not themselves a suicide survivor. I am so grateful for this organization and the help and support they have provided me through the most difficult time of my life. The acceptance they show is incredible, no matter where you are coming in from. Thank you for all you do and will do for us suicide survivors. You truly help us survive.

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

my personal life. Because of the support I have found here I am doing more than just surviving. I am learning to live again after a significant loss. I am learning to live with the loss and not just "get over it" like so many people without this experience expect.

Ways to make it better...

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

want to get the word out so that more people could find the support they need here.

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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

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

I found Alliance of Hope a little over two years ago. When my son died by suicide the last thing that I wanted was to walk into an counselors office to tell my story, let alone meet someone I didn't know. When my daughter and I found the forum on the website it was a great way to "talk" without going outside of our home. There we were welcomed with open loving arms, by people that knew where we were in this long journey of complicated grief...A Suicide Survivor. I felt their love and support and that enabled me to go to counseling and to get the help that I needed. They reassured me when i had setbacks that it was "normal", and helped me stay strong when I could and allow myself to be weak when I couldn't and to not be ashamed of that. I have gone on to volunteer for the AFSP and to get involved in those causes, and recently I have been able to give back volunteering with a local fire department in their crisis response program and that has been a healing as well, and I have found a job and am planning on returning to teaching in August...all HUGE steps for me personally, no one wants to belong to this society of survivors but without them i would hate to think about where I would be.

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

surviving my son's suicide.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it bigger so that more people would be able to find it and get help!

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

After our son died by suicide in 2008, I joined the Alliance of Hope I didn't say much at first and mostly read others posts. The replies were always very supportive and encouraging. Over the years I have referred many people to this forum. The forum is a global community and has many levels of sub-forums where a survivor can find their niche and connect with the right people.

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Because of my military service and our son have died by suicide while serving, I found my special niche on the forums. After many months of posting on the Military/Fire/Police forums I was asked to be a Steward of that sub-forum. I was also given a platform to blog on important Military Suicide issues on the Military/Fire/Police blog. My recent "A Death Less Honorable" blog was quoted from by the CNN news service and a handful of other media outlets. The Alliance is making a difference!

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

The only changed required is continued growth.

June 28, 2011

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

Ways to make it better...

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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