Professor Seligman, founder of positive psychology and former head of the American Psychological association, proposed that South Australia systematically measure and build wellbeing across the whole society to reduce the number of people experiencing catastrophic mental illness and to improve the resilience of the population in a rapidly changing world. 

Professor Martin Seligman outlines the meaning of PERMA as an acronym for psychological wellbeing.

Wellbeing is not a one-dimensional idea but a multifaceted construct composed of several different elements. The SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre incorporates Dr Martin Seligman's PERMA dashboard (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment) PLUS, Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sleep and Optimism, to measure and build wellbeing. The PLUS constructs have been added in response to consultations with global experts in wellbeing measurement, who have indicated that this will provide a more comprehensive evaluation of individual and societal wellbeing.

Our proposition is that PERMA + can become as memorable in the community as 'SLIP, SLOP, SLAP' (a very successful, iconic skin cancer prevention strategy in Australia.)

PERMA+ carries within its framework concepts for individual action to build wellbeing. The use of PERMA +  Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment PLUS Optimism, Physical Activity, Nutrition and Sleep, as a public health message for all citizens, will become the clarion call for a mentally healthy society in Australia.

A measure of PERMA plus the trinity of physical health - physical activity, nutrition and sleep - plus optimism builds resilience in people. PERMA plus optimism supports the “bounce back” from adversity that everybody needs to cope with normal life, let alone highly challenging events.
— Brigadier General (ret) Dr. Rhonda Cornum