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Tackling Minds

Tight Lines For Healthy Minds
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Formed in early 2020, Tackling Minds has quickly become established as a trusted provider of angling events within the UK and offers support to people from all walks of life that are struggling with a range of issues:

Mental Health

Social Deprivation


Long-term Health Conditions


Family Turmoil

The benefits of a Tackling Minds session include:

Improving the health and wellbeing of people who are suffering from a range of personal issues

Opportunities to participate in angling and engage with the local environment

Encouraging an interest in sport and outside activities

Individual development through upskilling, education, social engagement and volunteering

Opportunities for people to re-engage with society following illness, a period of inactivity or for older age groups to participate in a sport in a safe welcoming environment

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Founder David Lyons has suffered with mental health problems in the past and fishing played a vital role in managing his illness.

Buoyed by his own experience of the benefits of the great outdoors, his mission is to pass on his knowledge and encourage people from all backgrounds to get into fishing and reap the positive health benefits it can offer. Tackling Minds work closely with mental health organisations, schools, and social prescribing link workers to provide a safe, supportive, accessible and affordable environment within which the community’s diverse population can enjoy a range of cultural, educational, leisure and social activities.

By engaging with small groups, using a range of fishing methods to provide personal stimulation & development opportunities and the positive stress-relief therapy that blue-green spaces offer, the Tackling Minds team brings people together in a rich, socially engaging environment essential to securing well-being and active ageing.

Meet David Lyons: Tackling Minds Founder

A Manchester native, 37-year-old David Lyons formed Tackling Minds after going through a long period of personal recovery and is convinced the sport of fishing saved his life. After battling alcohol addiction, major anxiety disorder and depression for almost a decade, David has completed several stints in alcohol detox facilities following unfortunate relapses back into the vicious cycle of masking his feelings with drink and drugs.

With the support of his family, partner Jenny and friends David has rekindled his love for the sport and it is this passion for the great outdoors that is helping to keep him on the straight and narrow.

It has become David’s mission to share his experiences and the positive benefits that fishing can offer to people from all backgrounds through the Tackling Minds organisation – to date many local people have benefitted from the sessions and David is truly committed to helping as many people as possible to turn a new page in their current life journey.


By purchasing one of our items you are supporting us on our journey to promote the many health and well-being benefits that fishing brings, and getting more people out on the bank.


Support Tackling Minds with one of our T-shirts


A choice of various Tackling Mind caps



A choice of various Tackling Mind caps


Tight Lines For Healthy Minds

Endorsed by:

“Look at the Tackling Minds . It’s a group dedicated to promoting the mental health benefits of fishing to a wide group of people. I love this project because it reaches out to everyone regardless of their background, ethnicity, level of ability etc., etc., It’s inclusive, positive and wonderful.
Please share this and take the time to support this wonderful new organisation in whichever way you can. At the very least you can follow them.
Take a bow, Tackling Minds – you have my support”

Matt Hayes
TV & Fishing celebrity

” I appreciate what you are trying to do as I have several friends and family members who are going through such issues. I wish Tackling Minds every success.”

Mick Brown
TV & fishing celebrity