Fishing & Your Mental Health

Numerous studies have shown that spending more time outdoors can improve your health.  While COVID-19 has changed the way we live, work and play, something that is very important to point out and ensure it is not forgotten amongst all of the hype is;

  • The benefits of spending time outdoors include boosting your vitamin D, which helps conditions such as depression,
  • Studies have shown outdoors reduces the risk of heart attacks, and more. In addition, regular access to sunlight shows improved healing times, improved concentration, and improved mood.

Both the relaxing aspect of fishing and the time spent in nature can reduce blood pressure.  While these area great aspects for our health, another important factor to know about the link between fishing and mental health improvement is;

Minerals in the sea air reduce stress; negatively charged ions in the sea air combat free radicals, improving alertness and concentration; salt in the water preserves tryptamine, serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain, which aid in diminishing depression or increasing your overall sense of wellness; and research has demonstrated that the sounds of waves alter the brain’s wave patterns, producing a state of relaxation.

Being near to the ocean greatly affects mental wellbeing. As you sit on the beach listening to the roar of the waves, feeling the ocean breeze blow through your hair and enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin, you feel wonderful. 

Able Anglers understands the importance of the sea air and being by the water, it is one of the reasons why in 2016, we were established.  Able Anglers are a mental health respite service, not specifically a “fishing club”, our services are designed to provide emotional support, mental health assistance and a regular, non-biased, non-judgemental, person-centred platform for participants to meet, discuss and share ideas and support processes with each other.

It is very important that we are not seen as just a “fishing club”, we are all about providing an outlet for participants to ease the pressure of mental illness symptoms.  If you require assistance or support during this difficult time, you can contact Able Anglers or the supports below.


Help for Emotional and Mental Health

24-Hour Support Services in Australia

Kids Helpline – Australia’s only free, 24-hour counselling service especially for children and young people aged between 5 and 25. | | 1800 55 1800 | 24 hours, 7 days

Beyond Blue – Support hotline for anyone feeling anxious or depressed. | | 1300 22 46 26 | 24 hours, 7 days

Lifeline – For anyone having a personal crisis, struggling emotionally or feeling distressed or suicidal. | | 13 11 14 | 24 hours, 7 days

Suicide Call Back Service – Australia’s 24-hour hotline, supporting anyone feeling suicidal. Call if you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts. | 1300 659 467 | 24 hours, 7 days

MensLine Australia –  A professional phone and internet support and info service for Australian men with emotional or relationship concerns. | 1300 78 99 78 | 24 hours, 7 days