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Understanding and Minding your Mental Health

GROW's nationwide Community Education 4 week Programme "Understanding and Minding Your Mental Health with GROW" will begin in the Midwest on September 17th. Alan Quinlan, who, along with former Mayor Gerry McLoughlin & Minister Jan O’Sullivan, opened the GROW office in Limerick a year ago, will be in attendance on the first night. GROW, in the past, has put most of its energy into maintaining and facilitating GROW groups whilst doing talks and presentations on a smaller scale in the community.

We now aim to reach the wider community and target firstly potential members and secondly people who work in the field of mental health for the purpose of directing people to GROW. The priority will always be the groups but in today's climate we are aware of the need to reach as many people as possible who may be struggling with mental health problems.

This 4 week course aims to develop thinking and understanding around the subject of mental health in general. It looks at the importance of maintaining one’s own mental health and well-being and steps to take if we have concerns. It also aims to create an environment where people are more open and positive in their attitudes towards mental health and more willing to talk openly about the subject. Similar courses have been run in other regions over the past few years, and though the names vary (Gatekeepers, Community Education/Awareness, Your Mental Health and Caring for it...), the aims and content are broadly similar. Details of all the upcoming Community Education courses are listed below.

Midland Region

  • Mullingar Gatekeepers’ Course: Mullingar Parish Centre, Bishopsgate Street,  from 7.30pm – 9.30pm for 5 Thursdays from September 12th to October 10th. Contact Assumpta 086-8114135 or 057-93 51124
  • Portlaoise Gatekeepers’ Course: Family Resource Centre, Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise, from 7.30pm – 9.30pm, for 5 Tuesdays from 1st October to 29th October. Contact John 086-8033126 or 057-93 51124.
  • Athlone Gatekeepers’ Community Education Programme:  Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone, from 7.30pm – 9.30pm, for 5 Thursdays starting 17th October. Contact Assumpta 086-8114135 or 057-93 51124.
  • Granard Gatekeepers’ Course: Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre, Main Street, Granard, Co. Longford, from 7.30pm – 9.30pm, on  Mondays 16th September to 14th October. Contact John 086-8033126 or 057-9351124.
  • More Information on Midland Region events.

Mid Western Region

  • Limerick "Understanding and Minding Your Mental Health" Course: Clarion Hotel, Limerick, from 7:30pm - 10pm, on Tuesdays from September 17th to 8th October. Contact Joan on 061-318813 or email
  • More information on Mid Western Region events.

North Western Region

  • Stranorlar Community Awareness Programme: Parish Hall, St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm on Mondas from 16th September to 7th October.  Contact Maria on 086-7702860 or the GROW Office on 074-9161628.
  • Sligo Community Awareness Programme: The McGee Memorial Hall, Dromore West, Co Sligo, from 8pm - 10pm, on Tuesdays from 17th September to 8th October. Contact Noeleen on 086-8516939 or the GROW office on 074-9161628.
  • More information on North Western Region events.

South Eastern Region

  • Gorey "Your Mental Health and Caring for it" Course: Gorey Family Resource Centre, 4 Charlotte Row Upper Main Street, Gorey, from 10am - 12noon, on Fridays from 13th September to 4th October. Contact Ellen on 087-2291718 or email
  • More information on South Eastern Region events.

News & Upcoming Events

GROWing Towards Recovery: A Re-enchantment with life

2013 got off to a great start in January when Dr Mike Watts, PhD, presented the findings of his thesis at a GROW conference in Trinity College, Dublin. The conference was opened by none other than President Michael D. Higgins, who gave a passionate speech. If you missed out on the conference, full details are available on the Trinity College, School of Nursing & Midwifery website and Mike's full presentation and talk are available on line.

National Weekend and AGM in Athlone

The annual GROW in Ireland National Weekend is taking place once again in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, from 18th-20th October. The finishing touches to the weekend are being put in place and full details to follow in the October Newsletter. This year, the AGM is also scheduled to take place in Athlone at 5pm on Friday 18th October, so we hope to have a good turnout of company members and we look forward to seeing some new volunteers step forward to give a helping hand to the running of the organisation.

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GROW National Flag Day, October 2013

Final plans are underway to hold the second annual GROW Natonal Flag Day during Mental Health Week from Wed 9th to Fri 11th October. John Birchall has been busy arranging collection permits for many parts of the country. We look forward to your support on the day and we hope to see a good number of volunteers turn out to try and raise much needed funds. Contact your local GROW office to see how best to help out and to find out what other activities and events are planned for your area.

GROW Wisdom: You alone can do it, but you can't do it alone.

News from the Sunny South East

The South East Region always excel at fundraising and so far this year, well over Eur 10,000 has been raised through various events and by the hard work of staff and volunteers. A summer fashion show raised a healthy amount and provided a fun evening out. Members in the region also celebrated Con Keogh's Day of Celebration in July. There is also a fundraising Dinner Dance in Dungarvan on 4th October.

Dr. Fergus Heffernan runs for GROW

Dr. Fergus Heffernan will run in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday 28th October in aid of GROW Community Mental Health in the South East region. If you would like to support Fergus & GROW in his endeavour, sponsorship cards are available from the Kilkenny Office 056-7761624. Let's hope that Dr. Heffernan might inspire some more brave souls to tackle a marathon next year.

A Poetic Tribute to GROW from an Senior South East Member

Three score years and ten

I close the door leaving behind the Winter chill.
At once I am enveloped by warmth.
It does not come from gas ,oil, electricity or coal,
But the hearts of those present.
Its fuel is love and compassion,
Warmth that any environmentalist would be proud of.
I look at you and what do I see.
People dressed impecably,
full of hope.
No one would even guess the battles
you have all been through both mental and physical.
But the real killer is depression.
You have been treated with cocktails of drugs
and E.C.T.enough to shrink anyones brains.
yet you have been given this all legally,
And you had to fight to keep body and soul together.
You have reared families to be proud of.
If you were my mother or father,
I would want to bring you flowers every day.
I would want to stand in front of everygust of wind
so it didnt reach you.
I would want to spread my coatover every puddle
so your feet didnt get wet.
I would want to fuss over you or spoil you
And why not?
So take the gift of time offered to you.
With your heads held high.
As a symbol of love offered to you.
Its not the people who climb Everest
Or swim the wildest ocean that
I honour but you.
I have been dragged and pushed through other obstacles.
Leaving every fibre of my being full of pain and fear.
So I bless you from my heart
for caring
And giving me windows of hope that I can see.

News From the Mid West

A year ago, GROW moved into new JP McManus funded premises in Henry Street, Limerick and the office continues to be a hive of activity for groups, workshops, 12th step activities (Saturday walking group). It is also the office location for James Quilligan, manager of the Mid West, South and South East Regions and for Christine Fitzgerald, National Programme Co-ordinator. September and October will be very busy months with the Community Education course in the Clarion, fundraising in the Crescent Shopping Centre in September and during Mental Health Week in October and participation in the Believe in Limerick Volunteer Fair on 12th October. From January to June, the Region was fortunate to have a Co-op Placement from UL, Amy Walsh, who did a fantastic job, especially in helping with the very successful Regional Weekend in Aherlow House in April. During May, we tested our toes in the Great Limerick Run and helped out with the Cycle Against Suicide event in LIT. The region recently bade farewell to one of the region's committed area coordinators, Joe Mulcahy, who has moved on, but he left behind a successful Walking Group which is a model for other regions to follow.

Fresher's Week 2013 - Stress or Distress?

During September, thousands of students will be heading off to college for the first time, whilst many others are returning after their summer holidays. Over the past few months, GROW in Ireland has been working with the Union of Students in Ireland, and a GROW leaflet targeting students has been produced and is being included in all USI Fresher Packs. The leaflet encourages students who are over-stressed, or in distress, to seek help and to contact GROW. Young Adult Groups are available to students in Dublin (Artane), Cork, Galway and Limerick. Furthermore, GROW has placed an advert in the popular Hot Press magazine, so we look forward to seeing some newcomers to our Young Adult Groups nationwide.  We hope to have a presence in some of the colleges around the country during Fresher's Week (16-20 Sept). The excellent GROW Young Adult book is well worth a read for Students and Parents alike.

Coming Soon... New Poster

Alot of effort has been put into a colourful new GROW poster. This is currently being printed and will shortly be circulated to regions. Remember, posters prefer to be up on walls and noticeboards being seen - so don't leave them gather dust in dark stores. Volunteer to take a bundle and put them up in your local area, advertising your local group.


A Message from the Newsletter Team

We hope you have enjoyed this first GROW in Ireland eNewsletter. Please share it with friends, family and colleagues. Our next newsletter will be issued early in October before Mental Health Week. If you wish to contribute in any way, or have suggestions or comments, please email before 30th September. We would hope to have a section for each region with news and upcoming events.

GROW Wisdom: The surest way to make a task appear impossible is to keep putting it off.
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