Free fishing to support mental health

by Barry Jones in Bognor Regis, England, United Kingdom

Free fishing to support mental health
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On 20th June 2024 we successfully raised £205 with 3 supporters in 28 days

These funds are to buy equipment to offer fully equipped free of charge fishing sessions to support people with mental health issues

by Barry Jones in Bognor Regis, England, United Kingdom

Fishing was my life until my separation at which point it stopped completely, I set this group back then in order to help others in a similar situation. My aim is to create a safe space, introduce people to the sport and show them how fantastically therapeutic it can be. During these sessions I will try and organise therapists and other professionals to walk around informally and chat over a cuppa. It is my hope that these informal sessions will allow others to at least start the healing journey and my personal experiences can help build a strong safe group which benefits the community.

I started this concept in 2019 when I was running an on line business called The Fishing Buddy. At that time i was a level one angling coach ,I ran a club, many social events and fishing was 100% my life.  This all came to abrupt halt when I split with my daughters mum and due to life long depression I had to step away from everything. 

I have personally suffered with mental health issues from my earliest memories at 7 years old. Experiencing issues with mental abuse, physical and even sexual abuse I have gone through life as like walking through quicksand. It wasn't until. I separated from my daughters mum 3 years ago that I found the time by myself enabled me to finally process all these issues. 

Now with the aid of a fantastic therapist i feel I'm starting to understand myself and not to blame myself for what happened to me. This last year has proven one thing anything, there is just not enough of a support network out there. As i am a single male able to hold down a professional job i am unable to get any help from the NHS. This leaves with no option but to self fund the vital therapy that i desperately need.

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