About Us

We are Survive First

At Survive First, our staff is comprised of a passionate and dedicated team ready to assist any first responder or family member in need.  We take great pride in the work we do together for the mission of our organization, to bring only the best education and resources to the first responder community. 

Together we make a difference.  Together we save lives.

Breaking Barriers: The Birth of Survive First

Survive First emerged from the personal journey of its founder, Doug Monda, whose own struggle with suicidal thoughts, leading to a failed attempt in 2013 ignited a deep realization about the mental health challenges faced by first responders. Having navigated his own path to wellness over several years, Monda recognized a critical gap in support for his fellow brothers and sisters in the profession. In 2018, he took the courageous step of establishing Survive First, driven by a conviction that the silence surrounding mental health within the first responder community needed to be shattered.

In an era where conversations about mental well-being among first responders were often swept to the shadows, Survive First boldly stepped forward with a clear vision and mission: to bring mental health discussions to the forefront, to destigmatize seeking help, and ultimately, to save lives. Since its inception, Survive First has been unwavering in its commitment to serving our nation’s heroes, offering crucial support, resources, and a hope to those who dedicate their lives to serving others.

Today, Survive First continues to be a pillar of support for first responders nationwide, employing a multifaceted approach to address mental health challenges within the profession. Central to our efforts is the Treatment Assistance Fund, providing crucial financial support for first responders seeking mental health treatment. Additionally, we conduct educational seminars aimed at raising awareness and fostering open dialogue about mental health issues among first responders, ultimately working to destigmatize seeking help. Through our efforts, we remain dedicated to our mission of saving lives and ensuring that the mental health needs of our nation’s heroes are met with understanding, compassion, and support.

Our Programs

Whether you, or someone you love needs assistance, our programs can help.

All inquiries will be responded to within 24-48 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:
  • Emergencies:

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