GROW in Illinois

GROW in Illinois is a not-for-profit mental health organization run by its members and substantially funded by the Department of Mental Health. The organization was brought to Illinois in 1978 by Australian GROW leaders, at the invitation of Professor O. Hobart Mowrer from the University of Illinois. Mowrer, a community psychologist, was researching the concept of self help, and believed member-run services add an essential element to mental health care.


GROW has been active in Illinois for 26 years and currently has a network of 115 mutual help groups across the state. Among these are general GROW groups that meet at community venues and groups for special populations that meet in professionally-operated facilities.

GROW leaders and staff in Illinois work collaboratively with GROW in America, GROW in New Jersey, GROW in Rhode Island and GROW International to ensure the authentic development of the GROW organization throughout the world.
We invite you to visit an Illinois GROW group -- you don’t need an invitation or introduction. To find a group near you, call toll-free 1-888-741-GROW.

Note: GROW groups for special populations meet in hospitals, mental health agencies, drop-in centers, and forensic units across the state. For more information about special GROW groups, please call the number above.