Mentally Fit EP hitting the road for regional tour

Mentally Fit EP is hitting the road next month for a tour promoting wellbeing across the West Coast.

The effects of COVID-19 put the brakes on the tour, which will be coming to Ceduna, Streaky Bay and Wudinna, back in March.

It includes the youth event 'BBQ on Tour' as well as the '2 Blokes and a Black Dog' show on the same evening.

The comedy tour features Adelaide's 'Beautiful Bogan' Marc Ryan, in addition to a local guest speaker who will talk about their own experience, and Mary O'Brien from the 'Are You Bogged Mate?' organisation which supports drought-affected communities.

Mentally Fit EP's community development officer Johana Page said the evening would be filled with messages of hope and inspiration, as well as prevention and resilience through connection in the face of adversity.

"We had a huge response in March before it was cancelled and I feel COVID is preventing people from coming on board now, but we are hoping communities will use this tour as an opportunity to connect," she said.

The '2 Blokes' show is a shout out to towns affected by drought, while the barbecue is a chance for the youth to connect - there is no pressure to talk, but we are there if they want to and we'll have information on services in the area."

The Ceduna barbecue will be taking place on Thursday, September 10 at the Ceduna Skate Park from 4pm, with the comedy event at the Blues Sports Club starting at 7pm. Dinner is available to purchase from 6pm.

The tour heads to Streaky Bay on Friday, September 11, with the barbecue at the Streaky Bay Skate Park from 4pm and the comedy show at the Streaky Bay Hotel at 7.30pm. Dinner is available from 6.30pm.

Wudinna's Apex Park will host the youth barbecue from 4pm on Saturday, September 12, followed by the comedy event at the Wudinna Sports Club at 7pm, with dinner available from 6pm.

Ms Page said events would be monitored to ensure all COVID-19 restrictions were met, while communities would be made aware of any changes brought about by alterations to guidelines.

"I've got my COVID safety plan and marshal certificate, and I'm staying up with ongoing changes," she said.

"Bookings are essential to monitor numbers, but there's a greater capacity at the youth events as they are outdoors."

Meanwhile, Elliston will be hosting the 'Take Charge of Your Life' course which will promote new ways to look after your wellbeing.

The courses will take place on two days, between 5.30pm and 9pm on both Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24.

The comedy shows at Ceduna, Streaky Bay and Wudinna, as well as the Elliston course, are free to attend but require a ticket with spaces limited.

Tickets can be obtained online for Ceduna, Streaky Bay,Wudinna and Elliston.

For more details visit Mentally Fit EP's Facebook page.