A Deeper Look at Stress

Grow member George brings us through the causes, patterns and, most important. tools for minimising stress in your life. A timely article for the time of year!

Marie’s Story

People come to their first Grow meeting for many reasons. Marie’s story is her own, but might sound familiar to so many. Read here how Grow Mental Helath helped Marie to feel connected and strong after a very difficult time in her lfe.

Take a Breath

by Caroline Crotty Anyone who knows me is aware that at every opportunity, I recommend learning how to control our breath and breathing. I even go so far as to suggest that when you learn that skill, it is life-changing. Our typical, everyday breathing takes place without us ever having to pay attention to it, it […]

War Zone

by Maria Living with mental illness is a lot like living in a firing range. There are bullets, in the form of mood swings, anxiety, and fear being fired around and above you. Sometimes the noise of the bullets becomes dull and barely discernable. This is the ceasefire we longed, hoped and prayed for. The […]

You Must Pass

 By Seamus Sharkey Kelly  Ireland: You must pass your leaving cert, you must get the Points, you must, you must. Oh and sorry there’s no place for you in college?? But here’s another reality: it’s not the end of the world if you don’t pass,  I know only too well. I don’t have a group cert I […]

From panic attacks to peace of mind

By Jim Three years after I got married my wife became mentally unwell. I thought I could handle all this pressure myself, as my wife did not want anyone to know about it. Additionally, I also was very private about this myself. The secrecy of that all caused me lots of stress and panic attacks.  […]

Building Trust

  Extract from ‘Faith, Hope, and Fantasy’ by Anne Waters If we are always anxious, we have a basic problem with trust.  We worry too much about security.  Instead of assuming things are going too well unless we hear otherwise, we always try to anticipate every conceivable and inconceivable problem that could happen.  Though no […]

Depression by Lorraine

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“I spent 35 years of my life taking different amounts and types of mental health medications. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression in my early twenties and back then they would just prescribe tablets. It felt like a hit and miss thing from them. If I still felt bad or began to feel bad […]

Social Anxiety by Mike

1/3 “Looking back, I suffered from my mental health from my early teens, only that I could never articulate it because I didn’t know what it was. I always felt like the whole village was aware of me and I had this intense fear of people. I thought things would get better after I left […]

Suicidal Thoughts by Maureen

“It feels like I am locked into a frozen state of fear. Even the most basic things, like getting up and boiling the kettle requires a huge effort. I can’t sleep. I can’t eat. I can’t have a proper conversation. I can’t laugh…. and when it became more serious, I had the feeling of being […]