Make Positive Mental Health your New Year’s Resolution for 2019

With the post-Christmas revelry well and truly behind us and as we face into a New Year, January can be for many, a very bleak and depressing time.

We may have over-eaten, over spent and over indulged over the heady days of Christmas and can now be left with debt, regret and feelings of isolation, particularly if family members or friends have returned home.

If you are someone who suffers from depression, anxiety or any other mental health or emotional problems, these feelings of despair, isolation and lack of optimism can be compounded. 

It is at times like this, when we feel most isolated and vulnerable, that we need to reach out and ask for help. This can be challenging, as it’s often when we are at our lowest ebb, that our motivation and zest for life abandons us. It can be difficult to relate to those around us, even though they might have the best of intentions.

GROW’s mutual support groups can provide an important support to wellbeing and positive mental health for anyone who may be experiencing mental health or emotional difficulties, or simply just feeling “stuck”. 

Through its unique programne of mutual support and personal development, members are encouraged to take back control of their lives, overcome obstacles and start living a life of meaning, hope and optimism, in a safe, supportive and confidential environment.

Over the course of each meeting, the group engages in a series of group discussions, interactions, and readings that follow a structure and timetable to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate, and meetings finish on time.

What makes GROW so special is the practical advice and the wisdoms that are discussed every week from a range of literature, some of which has been written by the founders of GROW. This has proven to be of enormous benefit, and can assist with keeping ‘GROWers’ on track in their journey to recovery.

There are also opportunities to develop new friends and interests and support each other in practical ways.

One of GROW’s many wisdoms is that ‘you alone can do it but you can’t do it alone’. This really highlights that it is up to each of us to take personal responsibility for our own mental health, however, it is the support and encouragement of our GROW friends and peers, that keeps us on track.

If you, or anyone you know, feels that they could benefit from GROW’s Programme of positive mental health and personal development, why not come along to your local meeting.

For further information, contact the GROW Infoline: 1890 474 474 or visit

This piece has been penned by GROW Southern Area Coordinator Finola O’Callaghan.