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What is GROW Mental Health Recovery
- Provide a space where you feel accepted and understood – “I am not alone”
- Treat everyone’s experiences as being equally important
- Involve both giving and receiving support
- Create hope and trust
- Provide a non-judgemental space and stigma free zone
- Help you to open up about what you are feeling and experiencing
- Introduce you to ideas and approaches that others have found helpful
- Reassure you that you’re not alone in how you are feeling
- Help you to connect with others and give you a sense of belonging
- Encourage you to value your strengths
- Build your self-esteem and confidence
- Help you to feel more hopeful about the future.
Other steps include: “We took care and control of our bodies” and “We learned to think by reason rather than by feeling and imagination”.
Our meetings are anonymous, non-denominational, free and open to all over 18 years of age.
No introductions are needed – just come along.
In the journey of life and recovery there are many different kinds of help. Working the GROW Program will help you identify what feeds your mental wellness. Each person will need to feed their mind, body and spirit in different ways. Only you will know what is helpful for you.
As an organisation we ask that you respect what others feel is attributing or has attributed to their recovery and we ask that you keep an open mind and respect what has worked, or is working, for others.
Music plays a huge part from some. For others it is exercise, diet, or routine and for many it is spiritual guidance. GROW respects that the things that bring healing can be very diverse and individual.
As GROW is operating in Ireland for over 50 years, some of the wisdoms or literature our community have found helpful may have been written some time ago and therefore clearly from a very different era. However, we believe the wisdom within and the key takeaways are just as relevant now.
If a member’s story encompasses a religious reference we ask that you respect that as part of their story and not the position of GROW as a non-denominational organisation.
- 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
- Like 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