IT HAS been three years since Mentally Fit EP’s Take Charge of Your Life course began in Cummins in 2014 and what a success it has been.
There are not many community driven programs that can claim to have reached hundreds of people from all around the Eyre Peninsula.
But the Take Charge of Your Life Course can do just that, with about 216 people attending the course over the last three years, about 30 per cent of which were men.
The reach and duration of the Take Charge of Your Life course is a testament to those who run it and support it – West Coast Youth and Community Support and the Port Lincoln Community Bank should be congratulated for continuing to run it.
It is because of their support that people from communities all over the Eyre Peninsula are able to access the course and take charge of their lives.
The course is free, it’s delivered in a number of towns around the Eyre Peninsula regularly.
In the last three years it has been delivered in Cummins, Port Lincoln as well as Tumby Bay and Streaky Bay and it is fantastic to hear even more Eyre Peninsula communities might get the opportunity to take it this year.
Of course one cannot mention the work of Mentally Fit EP without mentioning the young woman who started the Eyre Peninsula on its path to mental fitness, Kirsty Traeger.
It was her dream to get people talking about their mental health and to start with prevention rather than a cure.
The course is designed to empower people to take charge of their mental wellbeing through psychiatrist Dr William Glasser’s choice theory.
It is not necessarily about solving specific problems but giving people the tools to navigate day-to-day life and assess – and maintain or improve – their mental wellbeing.
Counsellor Sue Berry (pictured with Lain Montgomerie) has been delivering the program since the very beginning and she says in today’s story on page two, that even in the beginning no one predicted it would get such a positive response.
Everyone who takes part in the course does so for their own reasons – some people for work, some relationships and some because they realised they needed new ways to navigate difficulty – and everyone takes something different home with them.