May 31, 2019
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Today we are sharing a poem written by NC START West Therapeutic Support Team Leader, Christy Prophete. "This poem is dedicated to my NC START west team/family which I am grateful for and the whole START network who are impacting the families they serve every day!" - Christy
by Christy Prophete, NC START West Therapeutic Supports Team Leader
An image of Christy Prophete about to read a poem
A few words from Christy about her team and what inspired her to write this poem.

"My START team is led by a director who allows us the freedom to be ourselves and contribute creatively to the growth of this team. Our team is filled with innovative individuals and we all display unique strengths that complement each other. On a quest to flourish and build positive relationships within our group, we got together to discuss: what does PERMA look like for our team?
The energy in the room was so bright and the concepts shared were so great, I felt inspired and if I may speak for my team....We all felt inspired. We understood why PERMA was important and how applying PERMA in its authenticity will benefit our growth personally, as a team, and in the work that we do in the community.
The START model is conceptualized on many theories that highlight everyone's humanity. PERMA is one of the many concepts we use to enlighten the passion in ourselves and aspire hope in others. PERMA is many things- it's ongoing, it's a sensation, it's a movement...which will make an impact only when its 5 elements are practiced. With that in mind, we decided that (metaphorically) PERMA is like a wave for us!
I encourage everyone reading this to do the "wave" with your team to promote was fun to do as a team and we all laughed and bonded through it. I hope that this poem starts a conversation, brings people together, encourages us to dig deeper and in turn helps us foster our PERMA experience in others......continuous growth is what it's all about."

Positive Psychology and PERMA

The START model applies principles of positive psychology, including PERMA (Seligman, 2011). The five building blocks of well-being and happiness are: 
The awareness of PERMA can help you increase your well-being by focusing on combinations of feeling good, living meaningfully, establishing supportive and friendly relationships, accomplishing goals, and being fully engaged with life.  Further nurturing these experiences can help you go beyond “surviving” to really “thriving” in life (Source:
Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire