Two Scottish hospitals have begun using fishing as a form of therapy to bring immense benefit to victims of mental health issues. Fishing has long been known for its calming and therapeutic benefits.
Passion for fishing drove nursing assistant John Kelly from Leverndale, David Potter and Mark Aitchison, nursing assistants from Dykebar to come up with this novel idea of fishing therapy.
Mr.Kelly said: "We all find angling extremely therapeutic and thought that some of our patients would really benefit from it. We work with patients who have enduring mental health problems and long term life limiting conditions and we wanted to do something for them that would improve their quality of life and provide a change to their everyday routine. We had brilliant feedback from our managers, who were quick to help us establish a plan - the results have surpassed all our hopes."