"I believe Angling is one of the best things you can do to improve mental health"
Posted: Sun, 09 May 2021 22:39
To start #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek off this week and to celebrate the nature and outdoors – we thought it would be a great fit to talk to one of our local organisations about their sport and work with mental health.
We had a great chat with with Pete James from Canal & River Trust about the sport 'Fishing' and how we have collaborated together on our 'Moving Lives, Healthy Minds' project.
Tell us a bit more about your role and the work that you do.
I am a fully qualified, Level 2 Angling Coach, delivering fishing sessions to groups and individuals of all ages and abilities. I am fully certified in disability awareness, first aid and safeguarding and you will often find me coaching at the Albrighton Trust, Alvechurch Fishery or on the various canals and rivers across the region.
What do you do to look after your mental health?
I spend a lot of time out in the fresh air when coaching angling. In my spare time I walk, cycle, go fishing and I spend quality time with my family. I believe Angling is one of the best things you can do to improve mental health. Helping others get out there and enjoy fishing is also something that helps boost my own mental health.
Tell us why you wanted to be a part of the Moving Lives, Healthy Minds project.
I have worked with Luke Hedley (Sport and Wellbeing Officer) on many projects over the years. I have also worked on many angling-based projects for Sport Birmingham so when Luke started working for Sport Birmingham, he approached me to see if we could put an angling activity project in place. Luke has seen the positive effects of angling to improve mental health and this is naturally something that we were very enthusiastic about being part of.
Tell us what you believe are the mental health benefits of taking part in your sport/activity.
There are many mental health benefits when fishing but for me, the main ones are being in the outdoors, enjoying new surroundings, the fresh air and having an activity to look forward to.
Where can we find out more about your organisation/the work that you do?
For more information on angling in the local area, please visit https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/places-to-fish or you can contact Pete directly on 07518 767462.