Grow Mutual Help Groups
Grow offers people organised friendly support through mutual help groups and a 12 Step Program of recovery. People in Grow have experienced many of the symptoms of mental illness; depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and mental and emotional distress. They’ve also had struggles with life. Losses of loved ones and jobs, marriage difficulties – these things can and do happen to people. These are some of the challenges that cause people to come to Grow.
People participating in Grow experience how extraordinarily liberating and affirming it is when they share their problems with others; especially when those other members have been through similar difficulties. At long last members discover that they are not alone.
People in Grow encourage and accept one another. They face similar issues and best of all, they do not judge one another. In this atmosphere of trust and anonymity, members are able to candidly work on their problems and build on their strengths. They are then able to face their future with optimism and increased confidence.
Grow groups are run weekly by their members; meetings follow a standard format so time is allocated for:
- · Personal stories of hope, growth and recovery – offering hope and optimism
- · Group work on participant’s problems – with proven vital assistance from the Grow Program
- · The assignment of tailored practical tasks
- · Reports on progress, which offer encouragement to change and grow
- · Adult education about maintaining mental health and rebuilding lives
- · Development of social skills and supportive relationships
- Beyond the weekly meetings, members extend friendship to one another with phone calls, getting together for coffee and socials.
Grow has no affiliation to any religions and welcomes people of all beliefs. Grow’s method has been successful for over 55 years. Thousands of people have returned to living fulfilled happy lives where they can make their unique contribution to the community as a result of being in Grow.
Who comes to Grow? Grow groups are open to all and the problems and diagnoses (if any) are varied. They include people experiencing: Depression, anxiety, any kind of mental illness, family breakup, or any kind of loss.