Understanding your mental health

The Midland region of mental health support network GROW is hosting a four week programme titled “Understanding and Minding your Mental Health”.

The Midland region of mental health support network GROW is hosting a four week programme titled “Understanding and Minding your Mental Health”.

The programme, which takes place at the Portarlington Community Centre, aims to promote community awareness around mental health issues and to open discussion and inform people about supports. The programme is completely free of charge and all are welcome.

The schedule for the programme will be

· Week 1: Tuesday April 21 Understanding your Mental Health & What Threatens your Mental Health

· Week 2: Tuesday April 28 “Resilience by Stella O’ Malley Counsellor

· Week 3: Tuesday May 5 Managing Stress & Anxiety by Derry O’ Malley Human Givens Therapist

· Week 4: Tuesday May 12 “An introduction to mindfulness/information about GROW support groups in the Midlands .

The Grow model of care is based on a combination of cognitive training and peer support similar to that provided by Alcoholics Anonymous and incorporates an adapted 12-step programme. It is Ireland’s largest community based mental health support network operating more than 130 groups around the country and hosts more than 6,500 meetings every year.

Meetings are designed to give support and advice to people who are currently suffering from mental health issues or have suffered mental health problems in the past. In a recent survey carried out by Grow, 97 per cent of those attending the organisation’s community-based support group meetings reported improved mental health since first attending a Grow meeting. A total of 75.68% reported that their mental health had improved significantly.

“Numerous studies have shown that the self-care and peer support services provided by voluntary organisations like GROW, have significant benefits in terms of reducing hospitalisations, improving patient outcomes and reducing costs.” said Michele Kerrigan CEO GROW

For further information see www.grow.ie or call 074-9161628