The Resilience@Work (RAW) Mindfulness Program

The Resilience at Work (RAW) Mindfulness Program is a new online mental health initiative aimed at developing psychological resilience amongst emergency workers. The interactive program has been developed by psychologist Sadhbh Joyce as part of her PhD studies. To measure the effectiveness of the RAW Mindfulness Program, Sadhbh is currently conducting a clustered randomised controlled trial involving over 300 firefighters in NSW.

The RAW Mindfulness program teaches firefighters a set of core skills and strategies derived from the principles theoretically underpinning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindfulness based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). This program differs markedly from the first generation of online therapy programs, which have typically involved the reproduction of cognitive therapy manuals into an online format.  The RAW Mindfulness program involves the worker in a highly interactive process of learning, utilising a combination of video vignettes, interactive exercises, audio and animation. 

To our knowledge this is the first online mindfulness-based resilience program specifically aimed at protecting and improving mental health outcomes for emergency workers.  A new version of the program, suitable for all workers, is currently in development. To find out more visit www.rawmindfulness.com.au.