A popular hobby is making a reel difference to people with mental health issues in Northumberland.
A fishing group was set up for service users at St George’s Park in Morpeth last summer and it is having a positive effect.
It has helped to build up their confidence and self-esteem as well as support their rehabilitation.
The hospital is run by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and disabilities care, and the fishing group involves service users from Newton Ward.
Members recently received a boost when Shakespeare Fishing in Alnwick donated some fishing gear.
Clinical team leader at Newton Ward, Andy Severs, said: “The fishing group has already helped our service users with their recovery and building up their confidence and self-esteem.
“It is also supporting their rehabilitation, so this fishing equipment will be appreciated now and in the future.”
The group has been given eight new rods, reels and other fishing paraphernalia.
Dave McCartney from Shakespeare Fishing said: “We at Shakespeare are passionate about grassroots angling and bringing new participants into our sport.
“When we heard of the fantastic work that the ward does, in particular how it is now using fishing to help service users, we wanted to support the initiative as much as possible.
“We hope that the equipment we have donated will help the ward for years to come.”
A few other sports have been referenced by the trust for initiatives to support users and raise awareness of mental health issues.
For example, to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the organisation put together a campaign called ‘Don’t leave your mental health on the bench’.
It included various football-themed screensavers with links to its self help website and radio adverts.
In addition, there were guides to help people with stress, sleeping problems, depression and low moods and controlling anger.