Wellbeing at Lincoln

Lincoln is a founding partner with the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre (WRC) as part of South Australia’s State of Wellbeing program. We have a three year partnership to bring the techniques and strategies of PERMA+ to Lincoln to increase the wellbeing of residents and staff at Lincoln. We will be the only College in South Australia to offer this opportunity to our community.

P – Positive Emotions
E – Engagement
R – Relationships
M – Meaning
A – Achievement
+ – Sleep, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Optimism

What we have planned

Working with SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, Lincoln will measure the baseline PERMA+ levels of all staff and residents. Then, we will further expand the opportunities offered to residents with a three year program of character education, strengths-based development, relationship building, discovering purpose, and opportunities for achievement, coupled with a focus on the physical fundamentals (sleep, nutrition, exercise), and training in an optimistic outlook.

As we re-measure staff and resident levels of PERMA+ each year, we will see the impact of College life and a focus on wellbeing throughout the College. The WRC will link this data with other research currently being conducted throughout South Australia to present the world’s first population-level study of wellbeing transformation.

How we are doing it

In 2015 we have been introducing some of the language and concepts of PERMA+ into the College through:

  • Introduction to PERMA+ for residents
  • College Art Competition with PERMA+ theme
  • Love Your Body week
  • Weekly personal training to promote healthy exercise

From 2016 onwards, a formal program of resident and staff training will commence, with key staff trained in the delivery of Wellbeing Programs by Techwerks (resilience trainers to the US Military) and rolling this training out into the College.

Lincoln will also be a partner on the WRC Education Advisory Board, and host Visiting Fellows as part of the WRC’s program of bringing Wellbeing experts to South Australia. WRC and Lincoln will co-host events and trainings onsite at the College.

Dr Jordan Bell, DeanDr Jordan Bell
Dean of Students