Posts by Karen Monda

Get Outside and Just Go!

Life can be busy.  Life can be challenging.  We all seem to know this too well.  Go to work.  Do the laundry.  Clean the house.  Help with homework.  Go to soccer practice.  Cook dinner.  Do the dishes.  Finally take a shower and undwind…at 9:00.  Does this sound familiar?  Do we ever really unwind?  For many…

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Run For Responders 5k

Cocoa Beach comes alive Saturday evening with the Game On Run for Responders 5k Run/Walk benefiting Survive First https://survivefirst.us/and honoring those who are or have served our communities. Cocoa Beach and the surrounding area law enforcement and fire fighters will light up the route. Please come out and show your support by racing the streets of…

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MFC Florida’s Brevard Chapter 6th Annual “Never Forget”Fun Run

Survive First is honored to be the beneficiary of MFC Florida’s Brevard Chapter 6th Annual “Never Forget” Fun Run, honoring first responders.  This event promises to be a fun morning out for all, with great entertainment, good food, raffles, autctions, and more.  All to benefit our first responders who put their lives on the line…

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North Carolina First Responder Support Group

Survive First is excited to announce a new support group in North Carolina.  We welcome any and all First Responders and their families to attend.  It was created to be a confidential and supportive resource for first responders dealing with personal, traumatic, and/or cumulative stress resulting from the unique stressors and responsibilities of emergency services personnel.…

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Just a Setback

By Douglas Monda, Founder and President of Survive First I’ve never written a blog post before.  This is a first for me, but the thought of writing this hit me at one of my most favorite times of the day; the time of day that helped turn my life around…Cigar time. Lately, I’ve been reliving…

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From Assistant Chief of Police to “Yogi” – by Christopher O. Davis

If someone had told me 3 years ago that I would be a certified yoga instructor and a Yoga for First Responders Ambassador, I would have told them they were crazy! Like most Type-A first responders, I had to experience it (yoga) for myself. Several years ago, I was going through a difficult time professionally…

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An Ounce of Prevention

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – Benjamin Franklin. Recently, we visited law enforcement recruits at the Police Academy in Palm Bay, Florida, where Doug Monda, founder of Survive First Foundation, told his own personal experience with depression, PTSD, and attempted suicide. He spoke of the lifestyle and mood changes he…

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Sensory Integration at Lakeside

The limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger). Human emotion and the senses are significantly impacted by trauma and PTSD.  Furthermore, self-regulation becomes impacted, making it increasingly…

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