Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT IS GROW?
GROW was founded in Australia in 1957 by former mental patients who found their way to recovery together and created a program that worked. Gradually the organization evolved into an international mental health movement with branches in the USA (Illinois, New Jersey and Alaska), Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Trinidad/Tobago.
Q: WHO COMES TO GROW?
GROW is voluntary and open to everyone . There are no fees or dues, and no referral or specific diagnosis is needed. People come to GROW with diverse problems in living, including mental illness, addictions, abuse, grief, loneliness, depression, anxiety, stress, and difficulty coping. Just come along to a meeting and learn how GROW can help you.
Q: WHERE DO GROW GROUPS MEET?
General groups meet at community venues such as churches or libraries. Groups for special populations meet in hospitals, mental health agencies, drop-in center, jails, etc.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IN GROW GROUPS?
Weekly GROW groups are run by the members and structured around a Group Method. Meetings last about 2 hours and are followed by a social time with refreshments.
Q: WHAT DOES THE NAME “GROW” SIGNIFY?
The name “GROW” represents our goal – recovery and personal growth – ordinary processes common to all humanity.
Q: WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?
Confidentiality and anonymity are essential to GROW. Group members use first names only and make a commitment not to disclose anything discussed at the meetings.
Q: IS THERE MORE TO GROW THAN THE WEEKLY GROUPS?
GROW is much more than the groups. It is also a Caring and Sharing Community where members offer one another support and friendship and participate in events such as socials, community weekends and leadership workshops.