The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program
The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program exists to build awareness of mental illness and operational stress injuries (OSIs) through education, to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and to increase understanding and support for these conditions. The goal of R2MR is to improve short term performance and long term mental health outcomes.
All serving members of the Regular and Reserve Force and their families are eligible for this program.
R2MR training encompasses the entire package of resilience and mental health training that is embedded throughout a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member’s career, including the deployment cycle. R2MR training is layered and tailored to meet the relevant demands and responsibilities CAF personnel encounter at each stage of their career and while on deployment. In this way R2MR is designed to ensure that the most appropriate training is provided when required to ensure they are prepared mentally for the challenges they may encounter.
R2MR has a solid foundation in the concept of resilience. Resilience is the capacity of a soldier to recover quickly, resist, and possibly even thrive in the face of direct/indirect traumatic events and adverse situations in garrison, training and operational environments. Recovery from the greatest physical and mental hardships of the military environment is geared in the near term to the soldier’s current mission, but also is required in the long term throughout one’s career.
The R2MR program is divided into three categories:
- Career: Integrated briefings on OSIs and mental health education to members at CAF schools during career courses including: Basic Military Qualification (BMQ), Primary Leadership Qualification (PLQ), Intermediate Leadership Program (ILP), Basic Military Officer Qualification (BMOQ), Army Tactical Operations Course (ATOC) and Combined Arms Team Commanders Course (CTCC). Briefings are also provided to Military Observers as part of the training at the Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC)
- Deployment: Pre-deployment and post-deployment briefings including Third Level Decompression (TLD) and follow up
- Families: Families of CAF members can access general mental health and OSI information through the Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS) R2MR website and click on the Family Members link in the Contents box on the left
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