Dear Friends, I’m asking your support for a project that is very dear to my heart. For the last year, I’ve been volunteering for the Alliance of Hope, a nonprofit organization that helps people heal after suicide loss. They have been so caring and supportive of all the things that I do and have helped me in more ways than they know.
I only wish I had found them 5 years earlier, when I lost my uncle Danny to suicide—an event that changed my life tremendously. He was my dad’s youngest brother, and lived with my family when I was younger. Because we were so close in age, he was like an older brother to me. I remember him as one of the happiest, most fun people and can't recall seeing him without a smile. But as a young girl, a lot was hidden from me. He struggled with anxiety and possibly depression. To hear of his death was life changing for me.
None of us anticipates such moments of deep despair. At age 17, my concerns were about friends, boys, and dance. It was truly a shocking and emotional time for me. Like so many other survivors, I didn't know where to turn. Instead of reaching out for the support I needed, I held it in, thinking that's what I was supposed to do. After 5 years, I am finally ready to talk about it, in hopes that I can help provide support to other survivors who may be too afraid to ask for it, or not know where to turn.
In the US, 4.7 million people are dealing with the aftermath of suicide. Those left behind are catapulted onto a challenging grief journey. Most who've experienced suicide loss say they never knew such pain existed. In fact, those closest to the loss—parents, siblings, children, spouses, and dear friends—are nearly 10 times more likely to become suicidal themselves in the initial months following loss.
You can help them receive access to skilled support and life-saving resources by contributing to the Alliance of Hope. Through a combination of online support, community forums, and individualized consultations, they help people survive the overwhelming despair and trauma of a loved ones’ suicide, heal, and resume productive lives. Since 2008, thousands of survivors have benefited from their free services, and many say the Alliance of Hope is "my lifeline."
In honor of all the suicide survivors in need of support, please take a moment to donate as generously as you can. Every dollar counts!! Help us help others through their healing journey!
In loving memory, Ugo Danny Foriere 7.3.09
Please give as generously as you can and help me to reach my fundraising goal of $2,000.00.
$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