Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, isolation, or any other emotional or mental distress? Perhaps you may feel isolated and alienated or simply just “stuck”? If so, GROW may be of interest to you.
Grow is a Community Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering from any emotional or mental health problems. Its main strength is the supports its members give to each other from their own experience in relation to mental health. In a GROW peer support group, you can learn how to change your thinking and behaviour – for the better. GROW aims to help you to take control of your problems and to gain and maintain positive mental health.
Members attend a weekly meeting lasting approximately 2 hours where a specific method and 12 Step Program is followed to enable them to learn the GROW Program and put it into practice. The first step is to become involved in your own mental health and GROW offers this to all who attend weekly meetings.
At a GROW meeting you will find
o Acceptance and a sense of belonging
o Realize personal worth
o A way to progressively overcome isolation and fear, or depression and anger
o Problems shared become problems halved
o Resources shared become resources multiplied
o That your own experience and struggle can help someone else
A variety of training and social activities are also offered for self growth and to develop friendships. Members are encouraged to keep contact during the week between meetings with fellow members either in person or by phone as GROW believes that “friendship is the special key to mental health”, and one of its great wisdoms is “you alone can do it but you can’t do it alone”
Meetings are held throughout Cork county and city areas and are confidential, supportive, non-threatening, positive and constructive and are free of charge, although members can make a small voluntary contribution if they so choose. You do not need any referrals or introductions to join GROW, just come along.
The local Youghal meeting which takes place every Wednesday evening, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm is relocating to The Youghal Community Health Project & Family Centre, Blackwater Heights, Youghal. For further information, you can contact Finola O’Callaghan, GROW Area Co-Ordinaotor Southern Region, on 086-7702807 in confidence.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any emotional or mental health difficulty and would like more information or details about Groups in your area, please contact Local: 1890 474 474, our local office 021-427 7520 or you can check out the GROW website on www.GROW.ie.