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: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

After my son took his life by suicide on May 16th 2010, I felt so isolated from everything and everyone that I had once considered a comfort zone, that I truly did not believe I would ever be able to function normally again. I could not communicate with very many people because unfortunately I was on a journey that only people that actually lose a loved one to suicide can understand. I found the Alliance of Hope online as I was desperately searching to find a support group that I could join. This journey of healing is very painful and without the Alliance of Hope I am not sure that I be where I am one year after losing my son. The members and Moderators are the most wonderful and caring people that always have big hugs for you on your really bad days and encouragement for every baby step that a survivor takes. Thanks Alliance of Hope for being there when I really needed understanding and guidance.

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

My healing after the loss of my 33 year old son.

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

Do absolutely nothing as it is the best support group I have found. If I was very rich I would make sure they had proper funding to continue helping people that go through the worst loss a person could imagine.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I found it online.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To help you breathe, eat, and survive the first raw grief that overwhelms a person after lossing a loved one to suicide.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To ensure survivors that life will never be the same but there can be a good quality of life eventually. You are always welcome, no matter how much time passes after loss of a loved one to suicide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I lost my husband just over 3 years ago. I found the alliance of hope about a week or so following my loss. Loss to suicide is devastating. I didn't know where to turn. I couldn't find a support group in my area and desperately needed to talk with those that could relate.
Having a support group that are available 24/7 was exactly what I needed. I can come here day or night and know that someone is listening and reaching out.
I was helped and comforted by so many people. They gave me the strength to keep on keeping on. Pulled me up when I could barely stand.
I now serve as a volunteer on the forum in the hopes I can give back a little of what I have, and continue to receive. Thanks to the Alliance I have learned we CAN and DO go beyond just surviving:)

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My husband took his life less than 2 weeks ago. The alliance of hope has been a Godsend to me. To share what you are going through with others going through the same horrendous experience lets you know you are not alone. Within a couple of hours of my initial post I had responses of encouragement and knew I had found an invaluable support system. My world is torn apart right now, visiting this sight helps me put one foot in front of the other...baby steps.Through the alliance I have found someone going through a very similar situation to mine and we e-mail each other day. I feel I am free to say anything, uncensored to her as she "gets it" We are unfortunately, kindred spirits, we share our pain, talk about our kids, encourage when we can. The Alliance of hope is my life line.

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

canada

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

i lost my husband in october and found this group. It saved my life. I also met some great people who have now been my real close friends. The support at this forum was just wonderful. I especially needed this around the holidays and they gave such wonderful support. I still need this group and am so thankful for the people who put this together.

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

i am now doing a lot better when it first happened. I am going on 9 months and can function better. I do have my bad times of course but I always have the support of these wonderful people.

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

i would like phone calls one on one. I would also like to be notified of new topics.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Unsure

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

google search

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

not sure

What is its top priority in the long run?

not sure what you mean

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When I lost my son in 2005 I felt I floundered with very little support as I lived in a small country town. It was not until 2008 that I stumbled upon the newly established website " Alliance of Hope For Suicide Survivors"
I joined because I still felt the need for support from others who had experienced similar loss but mostly I wanted to offer my own support to the new members who were suffering unimaginable grief that had entered their lives with the loss of a loved one.
I personally found that this forum was not just a place to share ones grief but most importantly offered good advice and most importantly HOPE for survivors that Life can be good again after such tragedy.. eventually.

I am so thankful for this forum in my life as it was the lifeline I needed in my time of great need.

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

Being a Senior Moderator on this forum I have had personal contact with other survivors and seen how they have progressed through their grief. When they join they are in such a terrible state of grief which is all consumming but with support and time it is so rewarding to see them come out of the fog of grief to once again lead a more contented life, be it different to before their loss.

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

Wish that we could somehow prevent suicide from happening. I know that is probably not a realistic thing that will happen but I can but HOPE.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Found it on the internet

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Offer support and hope

What is its top priority in the long run?

Offering ongoing support and hope. Provide constructive information to survivors.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I sometimes wonder if i would still be here today if i had not found the Alliance of Hope Forum, I honestly don't think i would. There just isn't enough support and understanding for suicide survivors in society. Thankfully, this is the one place i can go.

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

feeling less alone

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

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot explain what this site means to me. After my brother committed suicide, I felt so alone - no one around me understood, except my parents, who were dealing with their own grief. Nothing is more isolating. I felt like I was sinking under a black cloud of confusion, anger, overwhelming sadness and total incomprehension, not to mention PTSD. When I foudn this site and shared my story, immediately I had peopel around me who udnerstood, who empathised, who knew exactly what I meant by every emotion that I ranted about or shared. 2.5 years in, I am still an active member, as the emotions never go away, and every "bad" day, I know there is help here online. Thank you Ronnie, Cindi and everyone else xxxx

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

the last 2.5 years they have helped me more than I can say. I have also made great friends here in the UK through the forum who I meet up with regularly, and an email friend in the US

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

Nothing...it's been amazing x

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When my husband died, it was the most painful, unimaginable thing that could have happened to my children and myself. We didn`t understand it, none of my friends understood it, but mostly noone wanted to talk about it. I felt like the white elephant in the room. I didn`t know anyone who had been through the grief of suicide, and when I look back now I am glad noone did know about it. I had noone to turn too, I thought I was the only one that had lost their husband by this tragic death. I started looking around for support groups in my area, I didn`t know how to deal with the grief and loss I was feeling, there was nothing, no single meeting, no suicide support groups, in fact as soon as I said my grief was suicide grief, they couldn`t wait to get me out of the door. It was 3am and I was a wreck, i hadn`t stopped crying in days, I felt so alone and in a really dark place emotionally. i went online and found this group. I posted `I lost my husband to suicide, i am broken` ... with in 3 minutes Ronnie replied, told me I wasn`t the only one who was on this journey and the group would support me, people told me their stories, all sad tragic tales of their loved ones. The group held my hand as i dealt with the legal side and the emotional side, my grief, my children`s grief, I felt normal, I wasn`t alone but mostly I felt accepted to tell my story. I have made amazing friends and have become very close to another lady whose friendship is amazing. This group, was my crutch, my life line and understood me as I walked beside the members in my darkest hours

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

Helping my get through the suicide of my husband

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

i wouldn`t change a thing ... they are a group of amazing people

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