Fishing helps to boost young man’s mental health

An individual supported by Eden Futures is using the power of fishing to boost his health and wellbeing.

Nigel has been supported for over four years, and after losing his father suddenly, the team wanted to help him cope with the loss. His love of fishing proved to be a great way to do this, boosting his confidence and self-esteem.

Fishing can build resilience against ill health providing opportunities for relaxation, relief from stress, improved physical activity and access to natural environments.

After catching one of his largest carps recently, which weighed over 20lbs, Nigel said: “That was for my Dad. I know he would be proud of me.”

He added: “I love going fishing with the team at Eden Futures and my worries go away and I can’t wait to get up in the morning to go.

“It reminds me of the good times I have had fishing with my dad.”

Ann-Marie Igoe, Eden Futures Team Manager, commented: “Escaping into green spaces and feeling close and connected to nature boosts feelings of well-being, improving mood and enabling people to find respite from life stresses.

“Nigel is an avid fisherman and since losing his dad fishing has helped him to manage his mental health, so we wanted him to engage in this activity whenever possible.”