Tackling Minds

Tight Lines For Healthy Minds

Fishing and Mental Health

Formed in early 2020, Tackling Minds has quickly become established as a trusted provider of angling events within the UK and offers support to people from all walks of life that are struggling with a range of issues.

In 2022, Tackling Minds teamed up with Angling Direct and Anglia Ruskin University to research the relationship between recreational fishing and mental health in a sample of UK adults. The results showed that fishing has a measurable benefit on a range of mental and physical health conditions. Follow the link below to read more.

As Seen On Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Our Fishing Sessions

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of people who are suffering from a range of personal issues
  • Provide opportunities to participate in angling and engage with the local environment
  • Encourage an interest in sport and outside activities
  • Offer individual development through upskilling, education, social engagement and volunteering.
  • Provide opportunities for people to re-engage with society following illness, a period of inactivity or for older age groups to participate in a sport in a safe welcoming environment

About Us

Founder David Lyons has suffered with mental health problems in the past and fishing played a vital role in managing his illness.

Buoyed by his own experience of the benefits of the great outdoors, his mission is to pass on his knowledge and encourage people from all backgrounds to get into fishing and reap the positive health benefits it can offer. Tackling Minds work closely with mental health organisations, schools, and social prescribing link workers to provide a safe, supportive, accessible and affordable environment within which the community’s diverse population can enjoy a range of cultural, educational, leisure and social activities.

By engaging with small groups, using a range of fishing methods to provide personal stimulation & development opportunities and the positive stress-relief therapy that blue-green spaces offer, the Tackling Minds team brings people together in a rich, socially engaging environment essential to securing well-being and active ageing.