ALLIANCE OF HOPE FOR SUICIDE SURVIVORS

Rating: 4.86 stars   331 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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EIN 27-0450906
(847) 868-3313
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As the Founder and Executive Director of the Alliance of Hope, I am privileged to receive hundreds of communications from all over the world ... over and over I read of the gratitude that survivors have for the support of the Alliance. . Many thanks to the compassionate team of moderators and volunteers to have made this community a "lifeline" for so many.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a mental health trauma and loss counselor, I send my clients to the Alliance of Hope for information and hope in the face of devastating, traumatic loss. I have also volunteered as one of the clinicians on the survivor forum the past three years. Forum posts are carefully moderated by a team of trained moderators, who provide information, compassion and hope and make sure that the culture remains healing, empowering and safe. I believe it is the only clinically-moderated on-line forum for survivors currently in existence.

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

I have witnessed hundreds of expressions of gratitude by members, similar to the reviews posted before this one, through private messages, emails and public posts. Some have called it a “sacred place of connection.”

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

Develop the infrastructure and funding streams to allow for increased services to survivors

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I am a counselor in the field as well as a survivor of suicide. My fiance took his life almost 1 year ago. It was the most horrific hurt I have ever felt in my life. Connecting with others who were going through the same emotions, hurt, and mental challenges was extremely helpful. I hated knowing others felt the horrific pain I felt, but there was also a sense of connectedness with those who felt it.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the support I received right after I lost my fiance.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would offer more resources to help individuals move to a healthier place in their life.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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I am a professional who works in the field of suicide and crisis intervention responding to callers and individuals who are coping with tremendous pain and distress. For the past 27 years I have facilitated a survivor of suicide support group for persons who are grieving the death of a loved one. Early on there was little literature or research into the area of loss due to suicide or survivors. Years of research has provided so many opportunities now for survivors to reach out to others who understand their pain. I am not a person who recommends sites lightly, But the Alliance of Hope has built a site that contains important and valid information, a place for survivors to share their stories, and well informed site managers who are able to assist others through the stages of grief and loss. Surviving a Suicide death is a forever journey and there is no comparable death like it. The Alliance of Hope offers support and accurate information to countless individuals. THe members of my group who have accessed the Alliance of Hope site have found such help and support beyond measure. Please consider this very worthy organization because it does make a difference every day with survivors.

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I have referred the support group members to the Alliance of Hope and have also shared information with other members on the site.

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

I have no suggestions for change but they could do so much more with adequate funding.

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

The alliance of hope for suicide survivors is an essential on-line, necessary, website providing incredible emotional, social and intellectual support for suicide survivors. It is a place for sharing, for hoping for a better future, and, more importantly, a place to find answers to the untinkable. With 30,000 suicide victims a year in the US alone, and almost a million world-wide, there are at last 6 persons on average per suicide that are devastated by the event. This website is extremely important in reducong the stigma of suicice, which is an important step in the grivieng process, as well as a first step of any suicide prevention program. This website brings together new survivors with older, more experineced survivors who have lived through it all and gives new survivors a better perspective and helps them recover more quickly and become ambassadors of suicide prevention At the minium this website assures them that suicide is a mental health issue and nothing to be ashamed of.

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

I have witnessed survivors joining in desperation and being able to move on in a suprisingly short time. Many volunteer in different capacities to help others, which goes to show how well they feel about the Alliance for hope for suicide survivors.

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

I would like to add more "good" information on suicide and grieving to the great links and recommended reading materials already offered.

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