GROW in Trinidad/Tobago was birthed in the year 2009 after a chain of connections stemming from Trinidad, to Ireland, then back to Trinidad, and onto America. Some people may sum this up to be coincidence but it all seems to be in the plan of God, as the weeks and months rolled by.
Christine Glasgow, a registered psychiatric nurse of Trinidad/Tobago and Carol Mussey, president of GROW in America connected over the phone and a strong desire to bring GROW to Trinidad was sparked. Though similar groups exist in Trinidad, for example, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and the Bipolar Association of Trinidad and Tobago, to name a few, this was going to be a challenge in this small twin island state. Here, the populace, though world renowned for their free-spirited, jump up and wave frenzy especially during the annual carnival season, is generally conservative when it relates to their personal issues, especially mental challenges. However, GROW, which offers mutual help through its Group Method, Program of growth to maturity, and the friendly assistance of the community of group members is a welcome addition to what already operates in our country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a survey in Trinidad and Tobago in 2005, and identified that less that 6% of the annual health expenditure was directed to mental health. While this ought to change, in the meantime, those of us who can do our part to alleviate some of the pains of mental sufferers must do our part. GROW is now legally poised to offer this unique opportunity in Trinidad and Tobago.
After a long haul, or maybe not so long, GROW is now a registered non-governmental organization in Trinidad and Tobago, HOORAY! Thanks to Carol Mussey, Charlene Guldbrandsen, Cindy Reynolds, Tanya Hicks, and the family of the GROW residential, the local team Leiza Haynes, Lynette Joseph, Aisha Selby, Ingrid Joachim, Petra Gomez and all the GROWers in Trinidad/Tobago and of course Bishop Dr. Pat Glasgow who is an ardent supporter of the GROW movement and the West Indies School of Theology. May God bless and keep all of us and give us strength to move on from strength to strength.