Major survey into fishing & mental health launched

Major survey into fishing & mental health launched

by Angling Times |

A GROUNDBREAKING study that aims to prove once and for all the mental health benefits of fishing has been launched.

As anglers, we’ve all experienced the positive effect the sport has on our wellbeing, but until now, we’ve only had anecdotal evidence of this.

However, the new survey, which will canvass the nation’s anglers and is a collaboration between Tackling Minds, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and Angling Direct, aims to prove for the first time the huge role fishing can play in helping people to deal stress, anxiety and depression.

As anglers, we’ve all experienced the positive effect the sport has on our wellbeing
As anglers, we’ve all experienced the positive effect the sport has on our wellbeing

Professor Lee Smith, of ARU, was part of the team compiling the survey, and he’s confident it will shine a light on angling’s positive impact.

“We expect the survey will show that those who take part in recreational fishing will have better mental and physical health, as well as social wellbeing, than those who don’t,” he said.

“We then plan to develop an initiative to be rolled out nationwide that aims to improve health through fishing.”

Professor Lee Smith, of ARU, was part of the team compiling the survey
Professor Lee Smith, of ARU, was part of the team compiling the survey

Tackling Minds ambassador, Hassan Khan, wants as many anglers as possible to take part:

“This research will help galvanise the strength of our sport and show how important it is.”

The survey hopes to prove angling’s health benefits for the first time
The survey hopes to prove angling’s health benefits for the first time
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