Majority of GROW Members Have Achieved Personal Goal – Survey Results

The results of GROW’s 2018 National Survey have been released, showing that the majority of GROW members have either achieved or are working to achieve a personal goal.

Surveys were completed at Regional Weekends, GROW group meetings nationwide and at the GROW National Weekend. In total, 268 surveys were completed.

Of those surveyed, 93% said they had a personal goal, with over 55% working towards achieving this goal while a further one third said they had already achieved their personal goal.

In terms of the most beneficial aspects of GROW, almost 60% said it was meeting other people while a similar number (58%) credited weekly group meetings. 

Other benefits include the structured GROW Programme, peer support and practical tasks as well as reading materials, social events, and learning new skills.

Asked whether attending GROW helped them to cope better with day-to-day, the majority of those surveyed (47%) said it had helped quite a lot. One third said GROW had helped ‘very much’ while 19% said GROW had somewhat helped.

Almost half (47%) said they were often or very optimistic about the future, with 44% somewhat optimistic. Of those who completed the surveys, 57% had a relapse of symptoms in the last year, while 43% did not. 

The most common factors contributing to mental health need were childhood experiences (35%); poor family relationships (31%); and bereavement (21%).

Almost 30% of respondents were at work, 26% were retired and 13% were looking after home/family. A further 21% were not working due to illness or disability. 

The majority of those surveyed were female – 58% female and 42% male. 55% were aged between 45 and 64. Similar numbers were aged over 65 and between the ages of 25 and 44.