Fishing for mental health

A great members photo

A great members photo

What is mental health?

It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood.

‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others.

According to the World Health Organisation, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

So rather than being about ‘what’s the problem?’ it’s really about ‘what’s going well?’

‘I’ve known of and been part of Fishing For Mental Health for over a year and a half, since I finished my rehab episode of 17 months.

An impressive and successful grass-roots program of call-in and response from people from all corners of human life, with all its difficulties and its joys and its pleasures (which just happens to include fishing).

The support level is tremendous, easy-going and effective.

I learn a great deal from the pages and shares, and I know others do too. Long may you run.

Cheers, Ian Howard Graduate from Odyssey House NSW and mental health volunteer, Ingle burn NSW.

Fishing for Mental Health

Whether it’s the sights, smells or sounds, or simply the chance to escape from the daily grind, nature can have a positive effect on your mental health. Getting outside for a fishing experience, walk in the woods, camping trip or other activity can be restorative. That’s because the time spent outdoors is calming and relaxing, having a therapeutic effect.

Not sure how to enjoy nature? Keep in mind that the setting doesn’t matter, so you can choose any natural environment. And whether you’re alone or in a group, you’ll still reap the benefits of nature. The key is to find an activity you enjoy, so you commit to carving out the time to escape.

Fishing offers plenty of opportunities to get out in nature and realise the emotional boost that comes from spending time outdoors. Whether you’re just learning how to fish or how to boat, here are some key ways your mind will benefit from a day on the water.

  • A Renewed Focus
  • Quiet Reflection
  • Greater Self-Esteem
  • Physical Exercise