The Working Mind First Responders (formerly known as Road to Mental Readiness) is a 4-hour or 8-hour evidence-based program designed to address and promote mental health amongst first responders and reduce the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.
•To support the mental health and wellbeing of first responders
•To enable the full productivity of first responders
•To ensure the workplace is respectful and inclusive, including those with mental health problems and mental illnesses
•To encourage everyone to seek help for mental health problems and mental illnesses and to create a more supportive culture
The Mental Health Continuum Model categorizes one’s mental health within a continuum: green (healthy), yellow (reacting), orange (injured), and red (ill).
•“Big 4” - a set of cognitive behavioral therapy-based techniques that help individuals cope with stress and improve their mental health and resiliency
•Scenario-based practical applications and custom videos of people with lived experience of mental illness
•Dispelling the myths of mental health problems and illnesses, to reduce associated stigma
Through post-training surveys, TWMFR has proven the program is informative, relevant and useful. Participants have shown:
•an increase in resiliency skills
•an ability to support colleagues who are dealing with an adverse situation
•a reduction in stigmatizing attitudes towards people with a mental illness
•a personal awareness of a possible mental health issue
•the strength to seek help when needed
•overall increase in workplace performance