The Alliance of Hope started as a small project from my kitchen table in 2008 – when I realized that so many suicide loss survivors lacked support. Back then, I wondered how we could take the best parts of an in-person support group and transfer them to an online environment.
I am often credited as the “founder,” but the truth is, that almost from the beginning, countless people jumped in to help, and that is why we exist.
Today, 14 years later, our website is filled with survivor stories, information about the suicide loss experience, and links to resources.
Our community forum is a 24/7 support group for more than 21,000 people. Our trained moderators ensure that each new survivor is welcomed and supported. Thousands of people from all over the English-speaking world log on for support every week. And what they hear again and again is: “I understand.”
I’m so grateful for the team of people who work behind the scenes to ensure our services continue. I am indebted to our volunteers and those who fund the work we are doing – with donations large and small. Their support has created the foundation for us to provide hope in the shattering aftermath of suicide loss.
I invite you to review our latest Record of Impact – which is also a gratitude report – to learn more about the important work we are doing … for survivors by survivors.
I hope you can feel the stories behind the numbers, the people behind the stories, and – the bottom line for all suicide loss survivors – the hope that comes with hearing: “You are not alone.”
With deepest gratitude,
Ronnie Walker MS, LCPC
Founder and Executive Director