Testing different methods to optimize change in mental health service use attitudes – Findings and recommendations for the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program at Basic Military Qualification


  1. Fikretoglu, D.
  2. Liu, A.
  3. Blackler, K.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) is a mental health education program that is currently being delivered throughout the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) career cycle, beginning at the recruit level. At the recruit level, R2MR is delivered as a PowerPoint presentation, in a single 160-minute classroom session during Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) training. The three key objectives of R2MR, as delivered to the recruits, are: 1) to teach recruits stress management skills they can use to minimize psychological distress, 2) to improve recruits’ understanding of basic mental health literacy concepts (e.g., definition of good and poor mental health), and 3) to change recruits’ attitudes and intentions towards Mental Health Service Use (MHSU). DRDC Toronto has undertaken a program of research, the primary purpose of which is to test the efficacy of R2MR in achieving these three key objectives through a group Randomized Controlled Trial (gRCT). An important requirement for designing and conducting a rigorous gRCT involves determining the optimal intervention content and delivery method. Based on DRDC Toronto research on attitudes and intentions towards MHSU among CAF recruits, a number of recommendations were made to R2MR stakeholders for improving R2MR content to change recruits’ MHSU attitudes and intentions. These recommendations led to the development of two different versions of the PowerPoint presentation. Version one attempted to change attitudes and intentions towards m

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mental health training;attitude formation;attitude change
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R025 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2016
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