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Heather S.

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Review for Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors, Evanston, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When my step-brother took his life 15 years ago, I had no idea how many fellow suicide grievers were out there. The loss tore my family apart. It also set my mother, the founder of Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors, on an unexpected journey -- to help others cope, learn, and heal from devastating loss to suicide.

An organization that was started from our kitchen island 3 years ago, the Alliance of Hope is now a leading resource for ‘suicide survivors,’ who are connecting with and helping each another heal, 24/7/365. The forum has nearly 30,000 posts – from 2,000 members – covering all aspects of the survivor experience. Approximately 10,000 spectators visit the site each month for useful information.

There is no better way to capture the extraordinary phenomenon that is taking place within the Alliance of Hope community, than to visit: https://forum.forsuicidesurvivors.com. There are hundreds of heart-wrenching stories, and thousands of beautiful posts that demonstrate the need for and healing power of this supportive community.

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

watching its growth from Day 1, when my mom, step-father and I were the only members of the forum, to today, when thousands are regularly contributing and helping each other heal -- from one end of the globe to the next. I've witnessed the remarkable transformations and steps of the healing journey that our community members take, every day.

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

2) increase awareness about the critical need for high-quality, 24/7/365 support for suicide grievers, who are often coping hour-by-hour, and can become suicidal themselves. 2) raise enough $$$ for the Alliance of Hope to ensure no suicide survivor goes without the support they need. 3) quantify the tremendous value to society of helping transform someone's life so that they are able to heal from loss to suicide and again become a contributing member of society.

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

Definitely

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?

My mother founded it.

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

funding and awareness

What is its top priority in the long run?

ensuring every suicide survivor has access to high-quality, healing support

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Board Member & and my mom's favorite daughter ;-), I am developing a integrated strategic communications, fundraising and board recruitment plan.