Testing the Efficacy of the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) Mental Health Education and Resilience Training Program During Basic Military Qualification – A Pilot Group Randomized Control Trial


  1. Fikretoglu, D.
  2. Liu, A.
  3. Blackler, K.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);McGill Univ, Montreal QUE (CAN)
Background: The Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program is the standard mental health education and resilience training program in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The overall goal of R2MR training is to improve military performance, psychological health, resilience, and attitudes towards using mental health services. Since 2008, R2MR has been implemented throughout the military career and deployment cycles and thousands of military personnel have received R2MR. Like any other large-scale workplace mental health intervention, R2MR has to be tested for efficacy to see if it is achieving its program objectives. DRDC – Toronto Research Centre has been asked to conduct a Group Randomized Control Trial (GRCT) to test the efficacy of R2MR during military members’ first exposure to the program, at Basic Military Qualification (BMQ). Objective: A small pilot study was conducted in preparation for the larger GRCT, between October 31st, 2016 and February 8th, 2017. The primary objective of the pilot study was to assess the feasibility of the larger GRCT. The feasibility findings were summarized in an earlier report. The objectives of the current report are to provide descriptive and efficacy findings from the pilot study. Methods: Eight Anglophone platoons were recruited for the study and randomized to an Intervention or a Delayed Intervention / Control condition. Three data collection sessions took place in Weeks 2, 5, and 9 of the BMQ (Baseline (T1), Follow-up 1 (T2) and Follow-u

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Road to Mental Readiness;mental health education
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-R158 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2018
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