This month's newsletter focuses on Step 11 of the GROW Program: 'We Grew Daily Closer to Maturity'. It also includes details of events held during the past month as well as events coming up in November including GROW's attendance at the NUIG Social Care Seminar.
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November 2016 GROW in Ireland Newsletter

'We Grew Daily Closer to Maturity'

This piece on Step 11 of the GROW Program has been submitted as a Limerick leader's paper

‘Childish to no one’ is part of one of our wisdoms. Coming from a place of innocence, self-protection and fear we ‘renewed our will to change’. No matter what past pains we’ve been through, the main thing is that we came out the other side as better persons.

‘GROWing is painful but permanently rewarding’. This tells us that the key is in laying the foundation stones and putting in the hard graft. By so doing, we progress in becoming self-reliant and self-satisfied human beings.

Each day we progress, we are ‘glad of our renewed self’ and, as we know, ‘our true self is our happy self’. Having come to a more mature understanding and living of life, we go forward with a great sense of vitality, always aiming to do the ‘right and healthy thing’.

[Also see the GROW website]

GROW at Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit

The impressive surroundings of the Aviva Stadium provided the backdrop for the recent Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit, with GROW among the organisations represented at the event.

The summit, which took place on October 14th, featured speakers including Professor Jim Lucey, Brent Pope, Dr. Terry Lynch and Bressie among others as well as a 'personal experience speakers panel', with people sharing their personal stories. 

GROW was very well represented at the summit, which provided lots of opportunity to network and spread GROW's important message of promoting positive mental health and recovery. Sincere thanks is extended to all who helped out at the GROW stand on the day and lent their support.

[For more photos, see the GROW Facebook page]

Sun Smiles on Mini Marathon Participants

Sunshine fittingly beamed down as over 30 ladies and ‘lad-ettes’ donned the GROW t-shirt to promote positive mental health and wellbeing during the annual Cook Medical Limerick Mini Marathon.
GROW’S motto of ‘you alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone’ was evident in abundance as GROW group members, staff and supporters ran, walked and jogged the event, with fun and togetherness characterising the occasion. All proudly wore the GROW t-shirt, with a few gents even appearing in drag to add to the sense of fun and festivity.
An occasion to remember, the marathon had a feel-good factor from the outset. To get everyone in the mood, all took part in a fun-oriented Zumba warm-up session before setting out on the 5km route. Some even opted for the more gruelling 10km option.

For many of the GROW contingent, it was their first time to take part in the marathon and it is now hoped to become an annual event.
After the marathon, the participants headed back to GROW’s offices in Henry Street for very welcome refreshments and a chance to relax and reminiscence on a great occasion.
“It was a fantastic day, with good humour, a sense of fun and a feel good factor for everyone involved. We were all so proud to wear the GROW t-shirt and there was a wonderful atmosphere, a real sense of togetherness and a feeling of being ‘stronger together’,” highlighted Area Coordinator Mary Purcell.

[For more photos, see the GROW Facebook page]

New Knocklyon GROW Group

new GROW Group commenced in Knocklyon in South West Dublin on WednesdayOctober 12th at the IONA Pastoral Centre.

The group now meets every Wednesday at 7pm. No introductions are needed - just come along to this free weekly peer-support meeting.

The Iona Pastoral Centre is situated directly behind Knocklyon Shopping Centre on Idrone Avenue in Dublin 16 and is beside St. Colmcille's Church

A sincere ‘thank you’ is extended to the Ballyfermot group members who offered support to the new group in Knocklyon.

[Also see the GROW website]

Six-Week 'Stress Control' Programme in Co. Wexford

A six-week ‘Stress Control’ programme on managing stress and anxiety will commence in Co. Wexford in November.

The programme is being offered by GROW in conjunction with FDYS and the HSE and will take place in the Amber Springs Hotel, Wexford Road, Gorey, commencing on Tuesday, November 8th. The course will take place on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am-12pm. ‘Stress Control’ is a six-session programme for adults and was devised by Jim White, a clinical psychologist in Glasgow, to help the large number of people who complained of stress and who were keen to learn how to tackle their problems themselves.

The six sessions of the course are: 

Session 1:   Learning about Stress

Session 2:   Controlling your Body

Session 3:   Controlling your Thoughts – Cognitive Therapy

Session 4:   Controlling your Actions – Behaviour Therapy

Session 5:   Controlling Panic

Session 6:   Controlling Sleeping Problems and Controlling the Future

[For more information, see the GROW website

Free Community Education Programme in Portlaoise

Are you interested in learning more about positive mental health, recovery and wellbeing? A free five-week Community Education Programme will commence in Portlaoise on November 7th.
The programme is open to all and will be held in the Parish Centre in Portlaoise on five consecutive Monday evenings – November 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th, concluding on December 5th  – from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

People can attend one or all of the sessions. The topics are:
  • Week 1 – Understanding and Promoting Mental Health 
  • Week 2 – Mindfulness
  • Week 3 – Managing Stress and Anxiety
  • Week 4 – Suicide Awareness and Prevention
  • Week 5 – How GROW Works
For more information, contact John on 086 8033126.

[Also see the GROW website]

GROW-ing - A Poem by Rose

This wonderful poem on GROW has been submitted by Rose from the Mid West

We’re not of those who hide away in corners
Too scared to share that we have been in pain
Yet stigma from a mental institution
Can take its toll – dark dread and fear and shame.
But here in GROW we learn the twelve step program
With friends who show support each step we take
We learn to make our way through our own “roadblocks”
And step by step we build on what we’ve gained.

[To read more of this poem, please visit the GROW website]

GROW Groups Send Gift of Hope to Children at Christmas

GROW groups in Arklow, Gorey, Enniscorthy and Wexford are delighted to be taking part in this year’s Christmas box appeal in aid of Team Hope, which has delivered shoebox gifts to over three million children in some of the remotest and poorest parts of the world. 
Team Hope is an Irish, Christian development aid charity, which works with children and through them their families and communities, mainly across Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Africa.
As highlighted by Area Coordinator, Ellen Ryle, the shoebox appeal “shows the power of doing something small and yet so powerful and really highlights the importance of giving back to others, in carrying the GROW message”.
The GROW groups are looking forward to taking part in the appeal and are having fun as part of their 12 step work in making up boxes for the children.

NUIG Social Care Seminar

GROW in Galway are delighted to be among the speakers at an upcoming seminar in NUI Galway, hosted by the Health Promotion and Social Care Department. The theme of the seminar, which takes place on Saturday, November 26th, is 'The Breadth and Depth of Social Care Practice'.

A substantial portion of the seminar will focus on the concept of recovery in mental health. In keeping with this, Paul Clabby, GROW Area Coordinator, and Alan, Galway GROW member, will be co-delivering a talk entitled 'Supporting Recovery in Mental Health Through Peer Support'.

The talk will focus broadly on the current initiatives taking place in recovery as well as peer support in mental health, but will mainly focus on how GROW Community Mental Health fits into this current picture. Alan will be giving his personal testimony of recovery and will also be detailing his involvement with some current recovery projects in Galway.

Other guest speakers include Joe Coughlan, Social Care Manager with TUSLA Child and Family Service, who will be talking about social care work with adolescents and their parents.

Also contributing are Dr. Fiona McSweeney and Dr. David Williams, Social Care lecturers at DIT, who will talk about the overall scope of social care and how it applies to the students in attendance.

[See also the GROW website

New Day and Venue for GROW Raheny Group

The GROW Raheny group is changing in terms of both day and venue. The group meeting was held in St. Paul’s College, Raheny on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. 

The group is changing venue to St. Francis' Hospice Priory rooms, Station Road, Raheny, Dublin 5. The area is known to locals as ‘Hilltop’. The room is located in the building beside the Church. Free parking is available.  

The first meeting will be held at this location on November 14th from 2pm to 4pm and thereafter each Monday at this time.

The last meeting in St. Paul’s College takes place on November 3rd at the usual time of 7pm. No meeting will be held on Thursday November 11th.


Pitch-Perfect Coffee Morning in Clonmel

A GROW coffee morning, organised to coincide with World Mental Health Day in Co. Tipperary, was a pitch-perfect occasion, with members of a local choir among those in attendance.

The very successful coffee morning was held in the Community Resource Centre in Clonmel with the Belle Voci Choir popping along on the morning to sing some numbers and to lend their support to World Mental Health Day and GROW's important message of promoting positive mental health.

[Also see the GROW Facebook page]

Community Education Programme in Co. Wexford

A free Community Education Programme on 'Managing Stress' is underway in Co. Wexford.

The four-week programme commenced on Thursday, October 27th in Taghmon Family Resource Centre, taking place from 10.30am-12.30pm. 

The topics include:
  • Understanding Your Mental Health
  • Managing Stress
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • GROW and How it Works
[For more details, visit the GROW website

Closing Date Approaching for Video Competition Voting

The deadline is fast approaching for final votes for the Better Together video competition. Please continue to vote for GROW's video entry in The Wheel's 2016 competition.

Voting for videos closes at 5pm on December 7th and the winners will be announced at the Better Together awards on December 14th.

Remember, you can vote once every 24 hours for the GROW video entry - GROWing Better Together please encourage your family and friends to continue voting from now until December 7th.

You can vote for the GROW video entry here

Heartfelt 'Thank You' to Annual Galway Fundraiser Supporters

Heartfelt thanks is extended to the GROWers, volunteers, students from NUI Galway and members of the public who so kindly supported GROW's recent annual bucket collection in Shop Street in Galway city.

GROW Featured on Dundalk FM

GROW was featured on a special radio programme to mark World Mental Health Day on Dundalk FM.

GROW member Christina and Area Coordinator Louise Carroll appeared on the special programme on October 10th. During the radio interview, Louise provided information about GROW and local GROW groups while Christina spoke about GROW and her experiences of recovery.

Uplifting Fundraising Evening in aid of GROW

A truly wonderful evening was had by all at a recent fundraising event organised by Mount Everest summiteer Derek Mahon in Skerries Rugby Club on October 7th.

Derek took those present to the top of the world with his wonderful photos and his inspirational talk.

Derek organised this event in aid of GROW and Skerries Youth Support Services. Recently, Derek also took part in a Cycle Against Suicide event supporting GROW by wearing our cycle shirt.

GROW would like to thank Derek for his ongoing support.

GROW Represented at Limerick Mental Health Week 

GROW was among the organisations represented at various events held in Limerick during Mental Health Week.
Limerick Mental Health Week was launched in King John’s Castle in Limerick on October 9th and was a great success, with many GROW members attending various events, especially Dr Fergus Heffernan’s talk in LIT; the Patrick’s Day film in the Belltable and follow-on Q&A with director Terry McMahon as well as a talk about the Midwest ARIES project in UL. 
GROW Midwest launched a second monthly Tuesday meeting during Mental Health week, at which there was great attendance.

Photographed is Maurice from the Mid West who helped out at GROW info stands during the week, as part of the Family Fun Day in Bedford Row on October 15th and also in LIT.

'Humility' - a piece by Stan

'O Lord, it's hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way'. So says the song. No one is perfect in every way. And to be humble is still hard. Why?

Because of the paradox – the seeming contradiction that, while I am at home and content in this world, I am never totally at home and content.

I have some control over my life and times, but ultimately I have no final control. I’m in charge but, in truth, I am not in charge.

[To read more of this piece, visit the GROW website]
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