In the UK, doctors have discovered that fishing can be used as a new form of a therapy for their patients. Staying near a body of calm water in nature is supposed to help fight different types of depression. Therefore, the doctors do not prescribe tablets but rather suggest a possibility of catching a large fish. That is how they fight anxiety. The affected patients have been receiving prescriptions for fishing for some time now. This new form of therapy also helps war veterans who have yet to come to terms with their experiences.
Anyone who goes fishing knows that this activity has a positive influence on the psyche. Medicine has now recognized this and is using this as therapy. Doctors are thus increasingly relying on social activities to help their patients, because medication and traditional treatments are often not enough to solve psychological problems. Any outdoor activity can improve people’s mental health. Therefore, in addition to dancing and gardening, doctors also recommend fishing. That even happens with a prescription. That sounds strange at first, but it has established itself as a successful way to help people who suffer from depression.
However, this is not a substitute for therapy but rather a valuable addition and often therapists supervise this medically prescribed fishing. The National Health Service hopes that up to 900,000 patients will receive this treatment in a few years. A partnership in Manchester proves that this is not just a medical gag. The regional fishing association called Tackling Minds cooperates with the doctors. The anglers help people who suffer from anxiety or even depression. One of the preferred target groups is the war veterans.
Nature Helps to Cope with Problems
The men spend time together on the water and enjoy the benefits of nature. In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, they confirmed the effectiveness of the unusual therapy. They said that nature helped them get their mental health problems under control. Fishing relaxes them. Many of the veterans also struggle with numerous personal issues, therefore, they also enjoy going out of the house and simply having more time for themselves. Ever since the war veterans started fishing therapy, they have become less dependent on medication. Some of those affected can even do without prescription drugs altogether. Fishing helps them cope better with everyday life. They no longer have to hide their world but can increasingly participate in it.
The cooperation with the anglers’ association Tackling Minds is no coincidence. Its founder himself battled his alcohol addiction and anxiety disorder for a long time. He quickly found that fishing has helped him better than any medication or therapy. The stay in nature was good for his health. He is now passing on his experience to others. This form of treatment has been around in the UK for more than 30 years. But now, it has finally caught the public eye. Luckily, the state supports such initiatives and those affected now hope that many more people will be able to use this offer.