Partnering with Operation RSF
Changing lives with your passion of physical activity.
Let's start off with the most common question we get, "How much does it cost to partner?" It is free, 100% free. We believe in our mission but we also know that we are unable to reach out to everyone in need without partners who are committed to our mission and passionate about helping people. Depending on your commitment level we have three levels of commitment that you can choose from, each has its own benefits depending on your time available and your willingness to help.
2020 is going to be a big year as we roll out the CERTIFIED PARTNER program which includes a certification process after participating in a recorded webinar. The certified partner is a title that will be noted on our site's interactive map where participants can search to find the partners closest to their locations, or where they travel. The certification will allow you to stand apart from the rest showing that you have committed to educating yourself on the science behind PTSD, communication methods, and the science relating to how physical activity impacts mental health. We are extremely excited about this next step in the growth of our partnerships and offering more resources to participants in seeking out assistance.
In order to become a PARTNER, we require you to first reach out to us regarding your willingness to partner and filling out a simple form which is then followed by a phone interview with a staff member of Operation RSF. The phone interview is an opportunity to discuss the mission, answer any lingering questions, and get you started with tips from our own lessons learned. The initial requirement is that you are a certified coach (e.g. CPT, CSCS, TSAC-F, CF-LVL1, etc.) and have a location where you coach regularly.
An AMBASSADOR is for someone who wants to be proactive in spreading the mission of Operation RSF, wants to receive the partnership newsletters full of the latest research on physical activity and mental health, but is not a coach or does not work in a training facility. Ambassadors follow the same process as becoming a partner by contacting us about their interest, filling out the form, and taking part in a phone interview.
If this is free, what are our expectations?
You're the action arm of Operation RSF in your local community. Operation RSF will provide you with training, a curriculum for your staff, support to answer questions, a monthly newsletter covering the latest research, and promotional tools to help you spread the word about your commitment to Operation RSF as well as spreading the word about your upcoming events. All that we require of you is for you to continue your passion for coaching and being willing and accepting of individuals coming to you in search of support as they start their journey.
We expect you to fulfill the four pillars of Operation RSF by offering:
Accountability - Make sure they show up to train. Individuals diagnosed with PTSD are more likely to be sedentary than the general population and building new routines around physical activity can be difficult. Let them know you are looking forward to seeing them and get to know them.
Encouragement & Motivation - Help them find their passion and in turn increase their intrinsic motivation to train. This is different for each individual but find what motivates them and get them moving. Ask if they need an ear to talk to and truly listen without judgment and with acceptance. If they are taking part in the 4 or 10-week challenge, ask them how they are doing and help keep them on track for success.
Community - Introduce them to your gym community, get them involved and help them feel welcome! Many participants have recently separated from the military and are searching for their tribe, help them to get connected and feel welcome as they find their role and purpose again.
Combating the Stigma - One of the biggest missions of Operation RSF is to combat the stigma of mental health. The number of individuals seeking help pales in comparison to the ones who are not seeking help for fear of being judged, ridiculed, or outcasts from their community or jobs. Being labeled as having a mental health problem is a scary thought for many people and it hinders their willingness to reach out. Sharing research and information about mental health and the physical changes that occur in the body and brain is a great way to combat the stigma. If someone is willing to seek a doctor for a heart problem, why not seek help for a brain problem? We look to our partners to reach out to their local communities to help combat this stigma in order to open doors, and hearts, for people to reach out.
Beyond these expectations, it is up to you how far you want to take your commitment. We do not expect you to give out free memberships as it should be seen as an investment in themselves. By investing in a gym membership they add worth to their experience and are more likely to continue pursuing their goals. However, local outreach is a huge part of combating the stigma of mental health and finding ways to increase the activity levels of your community can help spread the word about living a healthier life both physically and mentally.
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