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R2MR Front-line Training Program – Level 1 Training

CIPSRT converted the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) front-line (Level 1) training materials into an online learning solution so that more Public Safety Personnel (PSP) across Canada could benefit from the training program. In light of challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, R2MR (L1) is offered in a blended, online format and combines written content, images, videos, and interactive learning elements. This delivery style affords PSP the opportunity to learn in a flexible manner that suits their life situation. They can engage with the course materials, peers, and facilitator while using the online platform. Video conferencing offers a familiar face-to-face feel to support deep learning of a practical nature with critical conversations, case study discussions, and a sharing of experiences amongst participants. 

Through the Road to Mental Readiness program, PSP gain key resiliency and mental toughness skills including tactical breathing, mental rehearsal, goal setting, self-talk, and attention control. The training additionally includes generic mental health education, including early identification of signs of mental illness; adaptive coping strategies to respond to the risks inherent in these occupations; the importance of peer and leadership support; appropriate leader actions; barriers to seeking mental health care, including stigma; and outlining procedures for assessing mental health resources. These skills and tools directly serve to enhance the overall mental well-being of participating PSP and their peers. 

This training opportunity is currently only available in English. The translation of the English version into French is in progress.   

For more information or questions regarding the R2MR Front-line Training Program, please email CIPSRT.Training@uregina.ca 

Read more about the research behind R2MR. 

Who is eligible for this training? 

The R2MR Front-line Training Program was developed for Public Safety Personnel who meet the following requirements… 

  • English speaking PSP who have never taken R2MR training or who are interested in taking a refresher course 
  • Currently employed within a public safety service or a related field 
  • Able to commit to the entirety of the scheduled training program 
  • Interested in mental wellness and enhanced mental well-being within yourself and your peers

Public Safety Personnel refers to personnel who ensure the safety and security of Canadians. This includes but is not limited to… 

  • border services officers 
  • public safety communicators  
  • correctional workers 
  • firefighters (career and volunteer) 
  • Indigenous emergency managers 
  • operational intelligence personnel 
  • paramedics 
  • police (municipal, provincial, federal) 
  • search and rescue personnel 

This training is also useful to individuals who work with, or around PSP. This includes but is not limited to… 

  • PSP leaders 
  • Members of organizations that support PSP 
  • Administrators within PSP services and organizations

Outcome / Benefits 

  • Obtain front-line (Level 1) R2MR training  
  • Potential to move forward on the R2MR Train the Trainer Program 
  • Increased resilience and mental toughness skills proven to optimize performance and contextualize them to the first responder environment  
  • Increase one’s ability to perform successfully under pressure 
  • Increase one’s ability to manage obstacles and setbacks  
  • Enhance consistency in preparation and performance  
  • Increase confidence, concentration, and focus 
  • Increase awareness, understanding, and acceptance of mental health  
  • Improve attitudes towards mental health and mental health care  
  • Enhance person and unit effectiveness  
  • Increase one’s ability to apply adaptive coping strategies to manage stress 

Training and Registration Details 

Once development and piloting are complete, a minimum of 6 sessions will be scheduled. Please check this page often for more details on upcoming sessions. 

  • Facilitator(s): TBA
  • Language(s): English
  • Dates: TBA
  • Estimated Time Commitment: TBA
  • Modality: Blended — synchronous & asynchronous
  • Delivery: Online — Zoom & online course platform
  • Achievement: Certificate of Completion
  • Cost: No cost, funded via Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

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