‘No one judges you out here’: fishing prescribed for NHS patients

  • Thread starter Josh Halliday North of England correspondent
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Josh Halliday North of England correspondent

Move is part of growing trend towards social prescribing to boost mental wellbeing

They talk with almost mythic reverence about the 24lb common carp. It is the prize fish in this quiet Manchester fishing pond, where the catch below the surface is a much-needed distraction from the troubles on land.

Last week a group of NHS patients has become some of the first in the country to be recommended fishing to improve their mental health. Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust has partnered with a local fishing organisation, Tackling Minds, with the aim of helping patients overcome issues such as depression and anxiety.

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