Mobile Applications for Personalized Mental Health Resiliency Training


  1. Granek, J.A.
  2. Jarmasz, J.
  3. Boland, H.
  4. Guest, K.
  5. Bailey, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are conducting a major effort to expand and modernize the training and preparation provided to CAF members for mental health and resilience. The core of this effort is the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) training program. In support of this effort, we are developing and evaluating a series of mobile applications (“apps”) designed to make this training available to CAF members when and how they need it. This paper presents the design, implementation and research issues involved in the development of the R2MR mobile apps. These apps are designed to help CAF members manage their stress responses, improve short-term performance and long-term mental health outcomes, as well as to reduce barriers and encourage early access to care. The mobile apps can also be used as an adjunct to mental health treatment as they are based on cognitive behavioural theory (CBT). Specifically, mobile apps for goal-setting, self-talk, mental rehearsal, tactical breathing, attention control and working memory will allow users to build CBT-based personal training scenarios to help them achieve mental health objectives. A mental health continuum app will allow individuals to self-monitor and will suggest when additional resources may be required. Integrated into existing mobile technology, these apps will enable users to set reminders and monitor their progress over time in a number of different mental health areas. In this paper, we discuss our investigations into the
mobile learning;mental health;resiliency;learning and training;wearable technologies
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2017-P008 — External Literature
Date of publication
01 Mar 2017
Number of Pages
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