FRequently Asked Questions

Grow Mental Health is a community of people drawn together by our first-hand experience of mental health challenges. With over 60 years’ experience supporting people in personal growth and recovery, we provide a space where people can tell their story in a confidential and supportive setting. Using a world renowned, evidence-based program, our members meet weekly, establish friendships, and begin their unique journey towards mental wellbeing.

A mental health mutual help group is a community of persons with experience of mental health issues who share their stories in a safe setting and both give and receive help on the road to recovery. We say in Grow mental health that ‘mental health cannot be taught, it has to be learnt together’.
Mental health or maturity is the goal of The Grow Programme. We have to make efforts every day to maintain our mental health and not just when we are at risk of feeling down. It is a lifelong goal and consists of slowly building more and more positive habits every day. Good mental health is needed in order for us to function effectively in all aspects of life. Mental health is the foundation for overall well-being.
Groups are small, usually in single figures. A minimum of 3 people is required for a meeting to take place
Pre COVID-19, meetings took place weekly in towns and cities all over Ireland. At the moment we are currently conducting all of our meetings online. We have 80 meetings currently happening online weekly and we hope to reopen physical meetings soon – keep an eye on the site for updates. Online meetings are available to new members so CLICK HERE to register you interest.
Our meetings are free with small voluntary contributions welcome.
No just register here and come along.
Grow meetings are led by our own members following a set structure called the Group Method. Leadership training is provided if and when a member decides to take on a leader role.
Grow offers a roadmap to mental health and recovery with the encouragement and support of others.

Yes, absolutely, but people need to be open to making changes in their life. Grow Mental Health and the Grow Program will not work for someone who cannot see they need help. The first step of the Grow Programme is, ‘We admitted we had lost our way and needed direction.’

Yes. Grow guarantees confidentiality in the working of its groups. Members agree to respect the confidential nature of what is disclosed at Grow meetings at the start of each meeting. However, there are three areas when by law the group cannot guarantee this strict confidentiality, namely
  1. Where harm is threatened on self or others.
  2. Where a minor is at risk of abuse.
  3. Where serious crime is involved.
Yes. Grow Mental Health recognises the vital role that doctors can play in the recovery journey. It is a member’s responsibility to deal directly with their own doctor or health care professional about the use of medication. Members need never worry about interference on the part of Grow or its representatives.
Matters pertaining to diagnosis and treatment and technical psychiatric language is highly discouraged from Grow Mental Health group discussion.
The group members will be happy to support you during this time. Many of them will have direct experience having dealt with similar issues themselves.
Yes, for the first meeting or two you can absolutely bring along a friend or family member.
No, in fact it is advised to just listen for the first few meetings, unless you wish to comment, ask a question or tell the group how you found the meeting.
  1. We admitted we had lost our way and needed direction.
  2. We took our courage in our hands and asked for help.
  3. We trusted in the greater power of life and love and the world around us.
  4. We acknowledged our gifts and our strengths.
  5. We also tackled our weaknesses and failures.
  6. We committed to the journey even through the tough times.
  7. We took care and control of our bodies.
  8. We learned to think by reason rather than by feelings and imagination.
  9. We developed will power to do the right thing in spite of our feelings.
  10. We took our responsible and caring place in society.
  11. We grew daily closer to maturity.
  12. We carried GROW’s message to others in need.

A Grower is someone who decides to apply the Grow Program in the way they live their life and how they interact with the world around them. Growers can be referred to as Beginning Grower, Progressing Growers and Seasoned Growers depending on how long they have been a member and where they are on their journey of recovery.

The method card is an agenda card which is used to follow or lead a Grow meeting.

Research conducted by Trinity College Dublin in 2017 examined the ‘transformative power’ of Grow’s peer-support programme in assisting recovery from mental illness. The research found that peer and community support, as well as everyday social interactions, play a vital role in mental health recovery.

The research concluded that those engaging with GROW Mental Health Recovery were:

  • Less likely to say they were ‘bothered’ by their symptoms
  • More likely to be coping well with their mental and emotional well-being
  • Less likely to have had a relapse in the last year
  • More likely to participate in community activities regularly
  • More likely to achieve a personal goal
  • More likely to have found it to have a positive effect on employment
  • More likely to have a positive sense of their self-esteem
  • More likely to feel ‘very optimistic’ about the future
  • Unlikely to require hospitalisation for mental health reasons
  • More likely to take part in physical exercise
Grow is funded by Government bodies and fundraising by its members.

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