In this episode of the Lure Fishing Podcast, host Cormac Walsh speaks with David Lyons from Tackling Minds.

Formed in February 2020, Tackling Minds has quickly become established as a trusted provider of angling events and offers support to British people from all walks of life that are struggling with a range of issues, including mental health, social deprivation, addiction and recovery, disabilities and those with long term illnesses.

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 British adults. The results showed that fishing has a measurable benefit on a range of mental and physical health conditions.

David was inspired to start Tackling Minds, as he had suffered from mental health problems and fishing played a vital role in him managing his illness. He claims that if it wasn’t for fishing, he doesn’t think he’d be here to tell his story.

David now wants to pass on the knowledge gained from his own experiences to show other people how fishing can benefit them too. The work Tackling Minds has done so far is amazing, with the British National Health Service now prescribing recreational fishing as a treatment for depression as a direct result of Tackling Minds.

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