Your Life Matters

Resources for first responders and their families seeking information to help navigate mental health challenges

A First Responder's Life Cannot Be Compromised.

Each and every day, countless first responders answer the call for help, oftentimes enduring wounds that time cannot seem to heal.  Throughout one's career as a first responder, repeated exposure to trauma is likely.  Left unchecked, the results can be damaging, and even deadly.  Year after year, more first responders die by their own hand than in the line of duty.  Survive First is determined to change that statistic.

#livehappy
How are first responders being affected?

Statistics from recent years

228

Verified Police
Suicides in 2019

Source: BLUE H.E.L.P.

85%

of First Responders Reporting
Mental Health Symptoms

Source: University of Phoenix

103

Recorded Firefighter
Suicides in 2017

Source: Ruderman Family Foundation

Suicide prevention hotline 1(800) 273-TALK

Symptoms of PTSD


Know the symptoms to help those around you #livehappy

Cognition & Mood Changes

  • Inability to recall key features of event
  • Negative beliefs about self or world
  • Distorted blame
  • Persistent fear, horror, anger, guilt, shame
  • Diminished interest in activities
  • Feeling alienated
  • Inability to feel positive emotions

Intrusion

  • Involuntary or Recurrent memories
  • Traumatic Nightmares or Night Terrors
  • Flashbacks
  • Intense or Prolonged Distress After Exposure to Reminders

Avoidance

  • Thoughts / Feelings
  • People/Conversations / Situations
  • Objects / Places
  • Social / Physical Activities

Arousal & Reactivity

  • Involuntary or Recurrent memories
  • Traumatic Nightmares or Night Terrors
  • Flashbacks
  • Intense or Prolonged Distress After Exposure to Reminders

Mission

Survive First is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to reduce first responder suicide and save lives by assisting responders and their families in need of mental health support, from the impact of post traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, by ensuring that they receive the mental health support they need in order to live happy and healthy lives.

We are a resource for first responders and their families seeking information to help navigate the mental health challenges a career in public safety and health fields often bring.

All communications are confidential. No first responder is alone. There is help. We are here.

We Care from Experience​

Survive First was founded by Doug and Karen Monda to help first responders and their families navigate the mental health challenges that can occur with a career as a first responder.

We provide:

  • Educational opportunities for first responders and their families.
  • Resources for treatment planning for active and rertired first responders.
  • Financial assistance for treatment through our Treatment Assistance Fund.
  • Opportunities for first responders and their family members to become actively engaged in their overall health and wellness.

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Honor Walk 2019

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Our Partners

Who make our services possible

What People Are Saying

“I was a police office for 17 years.  In early November (2017), I tried to take my own life.  By the grace of God I had people in my life, like Survive First, who came to my rescue and got me to a treatment facility, at Deer Hollow in Utah, and helped me get back to who I used to be.  I can’t be more grateful.  You guys truly saved my life.”

Jenn B. | Former Police Officer
“Doug embraced me like a long lost friend. We shared stories and many tears, and through a lens of hope, with Doug’s inspriation, I was able to see that recovery was possible.”

Jared N. | Police Officer / S.W.A.T.

“Karen Monda – lovely as a rose, tough as nails, marathoner, exceptional human being. The home front of Survive First. Blessed to have Karen Monda and Douglas Monda with us.”


Jackie Garcia. | Retired Verteran/LEO Wife and Co-Founder of Global Walk

Confidentiality of Communications and Records

RCW 43.101.425

Maintaining your Privacy

All communications to crisis referral services by employees and volunteers of law enforcement, correctional, firefighting, and emergency services agencies, and all records related to the communications, shall be confidential.  Crisis referral services include all public or private organizations that advise employees and volunteers of such agencies about sources of consultation and treatment for personal problems including mental health issues, chemical dependency, domestic violence, gambling financial problems, and other personal crises.

A crisis referral service may reveal information related to crisis referral services to prevent reasonably certain death, substantial bodily harm, or commission of a crime.

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All inquiries will be responded to within 24 hours. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please consider using one of the following resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Copline:
    1-800-267-5463
  • Emergencies:
    911

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