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June 10, 2015

Towards Resilient Futures for Disadvantaged Young People

The Wyatt Trust is delighted to be supporting a comprehensive three year program to measure, build and embed wellbeing and resilience amongst a cohort of 850 disadvantaged young people from across Adelaide. The program, jointly funded by The Wyatt Trust and James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, is also being supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and a private benefactor.

The Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at SAHMRI will be using a systematic approach based on Dr Martin Seligman’s PERMA dashboard (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment) PLUS Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sleep and Optimism. The project aims to achieve improved mental health outcomes, more active participation in the community, increased self confidence and increased resilience to stressful life events for vulnerable young people.

The project will commence with a baseline measurement of wellbeing across all participants, followed by the transfer of validated skills and strategies that build wellbeing and resilience. Using a train the trainer model, youth workers and mentors from partner agencies will undertake Wellbeing and Resilience training to teach these skills to the young people. Ongoing mentoring will assist young people to integrate these skills through the provision of one-on-one support, group projects and targeted interventions to build their resilience and wellbeing.

Visit the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre website for more information about the project and the PERMA+ approach, and click here to see Wyatt’s Chief Executive, Paul Madden, describe our support of the project.