I am asking for your support...not as I walk 60 miles this time or run a marathon or ride for a cause ...I am asking for your support for The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors, where each and every dollar will go straight to the need at hand.
As you might already know, I lost my stepbrother to suicide in 1995. At that time there was almost no support for those who have suffered a loss to suicide. It was as if a bomb had gone off and the world was turned completely upside down for so many. Several years later, my mother took it upon herself to create that support that was missing and she made it available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors is now the leading online source of support in the world for suicide-loss survivors, and has had one of the biggest impacts of any suicide aftercare or prevention organization in existence.
I invest hundreds of hours each year to support this organization because I've seen the lives we’re saving. Since its founding in 2008, we’ve run the Alliance of Hope as a labor of love. We need funds to hire a professional staff so that we can continue to serve the staggering amount of survivors who turn to us for help each year—last month alone we had 166,000 visits to our online forum.
We serve a high-risk, underserved population. In the U.S. alone, more than 4.7 million people are profoundly impacted by suicide loss. Most people don’t know that in the aftermath of suicide, those closest to the loss—parents, spouses, siblings, and dear friends—are 10 times more likely to feel suicidal themselves.
People say we are their “lifeline.” That’s what keeps us going every day as we receive heartbreaking calls and emails from those who have just witnessed or discovered the suicide of their loved one, and have nowhere else to turn.
I read a post today that absolutely shook me to my core: "I'm almost at the 24 hour point of where we discovered him. I can't breathe. He showed no signs of depression. He just turned 12. My sweet, quiet boy is gone. He is one of 7 kids. How will I ever learn to breathe again?". Within hours over 25 people (including clinical moderators) had replied and let her know she was not alone, that help was available and that she had support...this is the just the beginning of what the community provides on a daily basis.
Please—if you are able—consider donating as generously as you can to support this important work. Your donation of:
$30 ~ Funds 30-Minute Consultation for New Survivor
$60 ~ Funds 1 Survivor Counseling Session
$120 ~ Funds 2 Survivor Counseling Sessions
$365 ~ Sponsors AOH's Clinically Moderated Forum for 1 Day
$1000 ~ Sponsors AOH's Forum for 3 Days
Your contribution will provide survivors with access to skilled support and life-saving resources. Most importantly, you will be helping people survive the overwhelming despair and trauma of a loved ones’ suicide, heal, and resume productive lives.
P.S.: You can learn more about Alliance of Hope by visiting our website and community forum, and reading reviews survivors have written. And please share our work with others who might be interested in supporting our mission—or need our help