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Each person's Recovery or Growth aids the transformation of the world

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"Universal Benefit : Each person's Recovery or Growth aids the Transformation of the World

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For more than 50 years, Grow has facilitated the establishment and on-going success of peer led mutual help support groups across Ireland. We were pioneers in the lived experience movement that has changed lives. The value of peer support programs to individuals, health services and society as a whole is well demonstrated in research around the world (Burke, Pyle, & Machin, 2018; Finn, Bishop, & Sparrow, 2009; "Grow in America," ; Repper & Carter, 2011) Watts M; Higgins A (2016) Narratives of recovery from mental illness: Role of peer support (Ireland).

We have come a great distance in the last 50 years but we have further to travel. GROW's 2019 Conference will look at "Universal Benefit : Each person's Recovery or Growth aids the Transformation of the World" concentrating on the success and value of peer led support to individuals and communities.

Featured Guest speakers include :

Prof. Jim Lucey is Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin, since 2008, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He has been working for more than 30 years with patients suffering from mental health problems. In addition to medical management, he maintains his clinical practice at St Patrick`s, where he specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and management of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. He gives public lectures and is a regular broadcaster on mental health matters on RTÉ radio, featuring on ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’.

Sr. Gertrude Howley is Regional Chairperson of the South East Regional Team of GROW. She has been working for many years with GROW members supporting them in their recovery and growth. In addition she provides counselling to couples, groups and one to one. She holds a Dip in Counselling; BA; HDip.Gestalt Therapy and Cert in Reality Therapy.

Dr.Sharon Lambert joined the teaching staff in the School of Applied Psychology in 2014 following a number of years working within community based settings that provide supports to marginalised groups. Sharon’s research interests revolve primarily around the impact of trauma on development, its link with substance misuse and mental health and consequent considerations for service design and delivery. Sharon conducts research with community based partners such as addiction, homelessness, criminal justice and educational organisations. The research looks at both primary psychological trauma (ACEs) and secondary traumatic stress. The impact of trauma on well being and outcomes is explored and the application of research and theory to service delivery is of significant interest.

Dr. Mike Watts was, for many years the National Program Cordinator for GROW in Ireland . Based in Kilkenny, he is currently involved in recovery research and works with diverse groups of service users, family members, mental health professionals , students and policy makers as part of a national endeavour to create a recovery-orientated mental health service.

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Kate Mitchell Senior Policy & Research Officer joined Mental Health Reform as Policy and Research Officer in September 2014. Before that Kate worked in the area of local development in north east Dublin and coordinated youth leadership and health promotion programmes, including mental health, cross border regeneration and relationship building. She spent 18 months facilitating the Ombudsman for Children’s Human Rights Education Programme. During this time, Kate was also contracted to work for Headstrong National Centre for Youth Mental Health on the development of Jigsaw sites in Tallaght and Clondalkin. Kate has spent time volunteering with Women’s Aid, the Separated Children’s Education Centre and Unicef Ireland.

Dr. Pádraig Ó Féich Research Officer joined the Mental Health Reform team in June 2018. Before that, Pádraig completed a year-long post-doc working with University College Dublin and the Childhood Development Initiative on a housing policy paper. An experienced mixed-methods researcher and former UCD scholar, he was awarded a PhD by the School of Psychology in UCD in 2016, with a thesis entitled ‘A Study of Divergent Social Identities: The Case of Liberal-Catholics’. He has a history of research in the community sector, is currently a volunteer director of an inner-city community organisation, and has a strong interest in advocacy-based research

Gina Delaney Business Manager for Mental Health Engagement & Recovery bringing together people who provide mental health services, those who use them and their families and community supports, to work on how to make our mental health services more recovery focused.

Dave Mc Loughlin & Julie Ling - GROW in Australia for over 60 years, GROW in Australia has been supporting the mental wellbeing of thousands of Australians through GROW's unique mutual help Program. eGrow offers the same Grow group experience in an online environment for Australians who aren’t able to attend a physical Grow group due to geographic limitations. eGrow for Carers is a unique peer-support program which connects Carers across rural and remote communities in Victoria. eGrow for Carers enable ANY carer, through video conferencing, an opportunity to meet other Carers in a virtual environment. Carers can share their lived-in experiences, share stories and support each other through the challenges of being a carer.

Master of Ceremonies John Lonergan who spent 42 years working in the Irish Prison Service, 22 of those as Governor of Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, Ireland’s best known prison, and four of them as Governor of the top security prison in Portlaoise. He entered the prison system in 1968 and through his career he saw human nature at its worst – and often, unexpectedly, at its best – and he developed a deep understanding of both human nature and Irish society. Over the last number of years John has been a strong supporter and Ambassador to GROW.

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