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Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Mental Health

Mission: Kindness matters, and to the more than 5 million people around the world who lose a loved one to suicide each year, it matters a lot. We provide healing and compassionate support during the lonely and tumultuous aftermath of suicide. We help people survive suicide loss, 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" or "saved my life." Since 2008, more than 15,000 people have joined our forum, exchanging more than 375,000 communications. 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.

Target demographics: Survivors of Suicide loss

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018 we hosted more than 15,000 survivors of suicide loss (and directly served 2,237 new survivors) on our online forum, which operates as a 24/7 support group. Every day, approx. 7 newly bereaved survivors join the forum, and more than 500 tap in for support. Our website hosted millions of visits from people seeking information and support in the complex emotional aftermath of suicide. We also answered hundreds of calls and emails requests for information and support from survivors, clinicians, students, media, and the general public.

Programs: Alliance of Hope is the leading online resource for people bereaved by suicide. Our services are developed and supervised by Ronnie Susan Walker, a licensed mental health practitioner. They are anchored in best practices, and answer a need not served by any other organization. Programs include: 1) Clinically moderated community forum. 2) Website with resources for new survivors, blog, bookstore, and memorial section. 3) Low-cost Skype and phone consultations for new survivors. 4) Facebook page with original content and messages of support each month.

Community Stories

412 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NO ONE UNDERSTANDS like my new AOH family. I have gone to a counselor I like and really respect. She has helped me identify where I am in the grief cycle but my AOH family have validated how I feel AND ENCOURAGE me by their authenticity and vulnerability. I love my family, but would not want to wake them when I can’t sleep, when I can’t breathe, but AOH is available 24/7 without fear of waking anyone up.
I felt lost and confused as to where I fit. My title is Kaleb’s Gma- but our house was his stable home. AOH recognizes I am affected also.
I have so many words for this Site. Right now my AOH family helps me breathe
I have shared with my Family members. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Bridget Stovall

1 Michelle W.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I lost my son to suicide. Sorry, I just didn't find the organization was very helpful. I understand they need donations, but felt that was the center of the organization, not actually helping people. The forum was difficult to use. If you wanted to talk with some one, counseling was $75/hour.

I just felt overall the site and people, were condescending.

Losing some one to suicide, shouldn't be about the money.

Comments ( 1 )

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Ronnie-walker 07/08/2019

Hi Michelle, I’m so sorry for the loss of your son and that you did not find AOH helpful. I hope you find the healing support you need. As you can see from the hundreds of 5-star reviews on this site, your experience is unusual. The Alliance of Hope serves thousands of loss survivors and many call our forum their “lifeline.” We provide extremely cost-effective postvention support, but like any nonprofit, we need to raise funds to sustain our services. Perhaps you joined at a time when we were asking for our community’s support. We are deeply grateful for the individuals and organizations whose partnership has allowed us to expand our services for survivors over the last decade. Without them, we would not exist. We wish you the best in your healing journey.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 1983 Friends for Survival, based in California, has been providing peer bereavement support to grieving persons affected by a suicide death. There were very limited resources for this grieving segment of our community. We have been honored to provide our services now to about 10,000 families.

We now offer our families the additional resource of Alliance of Hope. Their website is comprehensive and truly relates to the needs of persons trying to cope with such a traumatic death that can traumatize persons for a very long time. Many people do not have resources in their area but Alliance of Hope is available 24/7 and this service can save lives and allow persons to connect with encouragement and hope for the future. We distribute their brochures to every new family that contacts us.

Marilyn Koenig
Executive Director

2 Lisa L.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Loss to suicide completely turns all you think you know about the world and people you love completely upside down. I have used the forums of AOH for close to three years trying to come to terms with and navigate the loss of a beloved family member. Nothing could have prepared my family for this loss, but AOH has helped me find a way to survive it.
Still a work in process, and I have received valuable support at every mile of this very long road at AOH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Alliance of Hope for suicide loss survivors helped me recover following the devastating loss of my husband. Losing someone this way is the beginning of a journey that most people don’t understand. I’m grateful this organization allowed me to heal and grow in my own way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in shock and broken when I found the Alliance of Hope. Life as I knew it was over. But people there understood what I was going through. They showed me how to live again. I don’t know how much that is worth in dollars, but to me it was worth a lot. Everything.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to explain how this forum has supported me, given me gentle insights and even some good chuckles!
Grieving a loved one who died by suicide is not like other grief. There are many, many layers to this. Although society is slowly becoming enlightened, it's not fast enough when this tragedy is yours. It's a lonely and terrifying road. But, it helps beyond measure when you have people who truly understand. People who are always there. People who have walked along this journey and extend their encouragement and wisdom to you. I am thankful for the forum.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know how I would have survived without the help of this group. Most "in-person" support groups meet maybe once or twice a month. This group is always there for me 24/7. I have always felt respected and validated. My needs and questions has always been met. It is a forum full of compassion.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel deep gratitude towards AOH and those members who were and are there when I need most. There was always someone there providing support to members who need to write out their feelings and seek comfort and support, be it the monitor, the members themselves, the administrators, etc. I feel safe there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Alliance of hope after losing my dear brother. I was in shock, desperate and lonely. The staff answered me quickly and gave me comfort and support when I needed the most. They were wonderful. I don’t know what I would have done without Alliance. There’s always someone there to help you out.
The forum is easy accessible and convenient when you feel low. We are all like a big family to help each other. We are all survivors. Thank you so much for your support to the wonderful staff and friends in Alliance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Suicide loss is utterly devastating and suicide loss survivors can feel isolated and misunderstood by others around them. AOH forum is a safe haven, a compassionate place of understanding and hope where you can connect with others, know you are understood and not alone. The excellent moderators and administrators of the forum are all suicide loss survivors and strive to keep the forum a place of kindness and understanding and are mindful of keeping it a healing environment, so there are membership guidelines and members are expected to follow them to ensure this healing environment is maintained. Having been a member for a good number of years, I am surprised and question the 1 star reviews I see here - they seem very out of place considering the number of very positive 5 star reviews and the thousands of suicide loss survivors who have found AOH a lifeline.

8 Surviving.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few months following my partner's suicide, I was looking for ways to help me in dealing with the grief, guilt, and all the other emotions. Luckily, I found Alliance of Hope and since that day I'm on the forum almost daily. The support, compassion, and understanding I found here far exceeded my expectations. I never imagined the connections that I would make with people from around the world who literally opened their arms to me during the darkest days of my life. It doesn't matter if you're straight, gay, male or female; if you loss your child, spouse, sibling, partner, best friend, or whatever ... everyone here truly cares and offers insight to help navigate the whirlwind of emotions that come with losing a loved one to suicide.

Sadly, I read one review where she didn't feel included due to being queer. All I can say is that as a gay man, I have felt VERY included and supported by the administrators, moderators, and other members of this forum. Not once have I ever been discriminated against nor "shunned" because of this one very minor part of who I am. Suicide knows no boundaries on who it effects ... and this forum knows no boundaries on whom they help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found this wonderful website 2 weeks after losing my son. I am in therapy, I have support at home and am not without resources to aid in my coping. Alliance of Hope has by far been the most helpful tool in dealing with my traumatic and horrific loss. I have found a place of solace with others who, sadly, know what I'm going through. My feelings and experiences are met with understanding and genuine concern from an incredibly dedicated group of survivors. There is always someone available to share my pain and offer me heartfelt care. I can't say enough positive things about AOH.

7 juliex2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found Aoh after losing my son a little over two years ago and I continue to come here daily for the support, understanding and validation that losing someone this way causes. Those in my personal life feel I should be done grieving. Moved on. Fortunately they do not understand how shattering and rocked to the core losing someone this way causes. Unfortunately the members here understand all too well. They are the most compassionate, kind, wise and validating group of people I have ever encountered. When support is needed they will lend out a hand and if support is requested they will reach out knowing someone will grab theirs to get through those difficult times that can come out of the blue. Honestly do not know if I could have survived without this forum. Forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not tell you what Alliance of Hope has meant to me. After losing my son to suicide I was all alone to deal with the aftermath and complexity that comes with the grief with suicide. Unfortunately those around you do not want to discuss or hear of your loss. They do not understand how difficult it is to work through the loss of someone you love who has taken their own life. There are over 12,000 members unfortunately on the site with too many members joining weekly. But once you introduce yourself you will be met with compassion and understanding. It is a judgment free community of support from people who have all loss someone to suicide. I can guarantee you this that if I did not find Alliance I would not be where I am today. I am early on in my journey but with the help of my virtual travelers I will heal to the best of my abilities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found this wonderful safe place to share my thoughts and feelings two years ago after losing my dad to suicide. It was the only place that I felt I was understood during the darkest time of my life. The members there reach out consistently and offer hope for healing and support all while managing their own grief. It is a truly beautiful thing to witness such kindness compassion and understanding from such a horrible tragedy. They are amazing warriors and I am so very thankful for the site resources and forum that AOH provides in addition to their services.

James L.1

Client Served

Rating: 1

DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT go to this website for help with healing, for help with loss, for help with any of your issues related to grief.

DO NOT DO IT.

The moderators and management on this site are self-serving, they have their own agendas and that does NOT include true help for loss survivors.

I can almost guarantee you will NOT get any help here, it is a waste of time.

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Ronnie-walker 04/23/2019

We regret this reviewer felt the moderators and management of AOH were self-serving. We work hard to maintain a safe and supportive atmosphere for those experiencing traumatic grief and challenges related to suicide loss. On occasion, someone will conflate serious mental illness requiring multiple hospitalizations, and addiction issues with grief. This often leads to continued disregard for and violation of the guidelines that allow our community to function. – On such occasions, we provide links and referrals to online resources and service providers better suited to their needs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has truly played an incredible role in my healing after the loss of my husband. I have not the words to express my gratitude for this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TAS
I have been on the Alliance of Hope daily for almost 4 years. I have never felt more welcomed and supported. I don't know how I would have survived the loss of my husband without the compassion and support of everyone on here. It is one of the best run support groups that I've seen. These members have become much more than just faceless, nameless people. They understand what I'm going more completely than other people in my life. The advise I've received has enabled me to navigate my loss. I'm glad I can be there for others and other people were there for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to describe how grateful I am to Alliance of Hope for their support after my father died by suicide. Confused, alone, and in so much pain, they offered compassion and understanding like no other. The loss of a loved one to suicide is so very difficult. Alliance of Hope gave me a safe space to talk about the things I needed to talk about. This is so important for survivors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Grief support groups for suicide loss survivors is unavailable in my community and I found Alliance of Hope to be easily accessible, always available, much more than a meeting once a week for an hour or two. Members are supportive and understand the devastating and complicated loss of suicide. My raw emotions surrounding the death of my child are always met with compassion and kindness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The aftermath of a suicide is not something to be taken lightly and those who haven't been touched by such a devastating experience, are often not the right person to help the bereaved. To understand what the survivor goes through, you unfortunately would need to have the personal experience of losing somebody to suicide. I found that it is crucial for a survivor’s future path to get guidance from another who has worn those shoes. Without judgement, they are able to understand the extremity of emotions, fears and anxiety that follows such an event. Sharing a piece of your heart with others are more healing than advice shouted from the side lines.
Alliance of Hope is a resting place for the broken hearted.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon the Alliance Of Hope a week after losing my husband to suicide. I was completely devastated and overwhelmed. I was unable to find support in my area. I was welcomed with open arms and found a port in the storm. I clung to the words of more seasoned survivors who offered hope and encouragement. I now had access to free support, 24/7. I honestly do not know where I would be without this amazing community. Thanks to Ronnie Walker, the staff and all the wonderful forum members, I began to find my feet and believe that we can and do, go beyond just surviving. AOH is a wonderful safe haven where survivors can gather. There is strength in numbers. The support here is phenominal!