Grow is here to bridge the gap between adolescence and adulthood for emerging adults to become self-aware and understand that their well-being should come first.
While there is an increased awareness about the importance of self-development and well-being, a gap still exists in the services available for emerging adults.
Throughout our teenage years, we are provided with guidance counselors, teachers, and other resources to help us find the “right path” and to help us work out any mental health issues we may experience. However, once considered young adults, we are expected to figure out “life” on our own.
In fact, Stats Canada reveals that 23.0% of Canadians aged 15 and older (that’s 6.7 million people) reported that most days were ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful.
This raises the question, “Where do emerging adults turn when experiencing difficulties or confusion during the in-between stages?”
Grow exists somewhere between a guidance counselor and a therapist. We provide our participants with Life Guides that are trained to listen actively and objectively, provide a safe space to disclose information, and design personalized options for self-development. The goal is to provide support during this ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’ time in a young adult’s life in the hopes of helping them reach their full potential.
Why young adults?
The transitional period between adolescence and adulthood sets the stage for the rest of our lives. According to Erik Erikson’s fifth Psychosocial Theory of Development, if identity is not resolved, it’s more difficult to develop healthy relationships in work, love, and life. Despite Erikson’s claim, young adults have little to no guidance through this stage. As a result, young adults are attempting to cope with the stress and anxiety they feel in unhealthy and unconscious ways. For example, “between 2006 and 2011, a 67% increase in non-prescribed use of Adderall in young adults, aged 18–25, was observed, along with a 156% increase in associated emergency room visits (Chen et al., 2016).”
Why in Montreal?
Young adults in Montreal are privileged enough to have access to multiple resources and systems to help them grow. However, the reality is that most young adults feel confused or stressed dealing with systems that lack connection and organization. The Montreal Gazette reveals that the wait-list to find a family doctor in Montreal is up to 477 days. The pressure of feeling lost can be heightened when an individual feels it’s impossible to get the help they need.
Grow acts as a guide to help young adults living in Montreal navigate their way through the healthcare and education system.