Drug Agent Shares Near Suicide Experience

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:21 PM

DRUG AGENT SHARES NEAR SUICIDE EXPERIENCE AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

A 15-year veteran of the Cocoa Police Department will be among the featured speakers at a national health and wellness conference for first responders to be held in Cocoa Beach in early February. Agent Doug Monda, who nearly committed suicide in 2014, will share his personal story during the two day Career Protection Resiliency training conference February 6-7 at the Courtyard Cocoa Beach-Cape Canaveral Marriott, 3435 N. Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach. Monda joins a cast of other subject matter experts focused on mental health and wellness for first responders. “I just didn’t want anybody else to do or go through what I was going through,” Monda said. “I was so tired of being in pain physically and mentally and nobody could tell me or show me anything that could make it go away.” Through friends and support from the City of Cocoa, Monda was able to get help through the Safe Call Now program. Now he uses the experience as a way to help others. “They came in out of nowhere and said ‘we have your back and we’re going to do whatever we can to help you’”, Monda said of the program. WATCH VIDEO HERE

 According to a Badge of Life study, in 2016, an estimated 108 law enforcement officers nationwide died as a result of suicide. Approximately 150,000 officers nationwide have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder which may lead to suicide or attempted suicide. “I am so grateful for the people that helped save my life,” Monda added. “I want others to see that if I can make it, they can too.”

 Career Protection Resiliency is a compilation of topics and subjects such as depression, suicide, addiction, mental health, resiliency, peer support, leadership and mentoring. Nationally recognized dynamic speakers present on those matters that impact the personal and professional lives of first responders and their family members nationwide. First responders, their family members, peer support groups, clinicians, therapists, chaplains and those that work in/and around the field are encouraged to attend the conference. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.