Tackling Minds

Tight Lines For Healthy Minds

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

About us

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.

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.


A choice of various Tackling Mind caps



Tight Lines For Healthy Minds

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“As I’ve always said to the Mental Health Gang, you’ve got to keep the mind and body busy. Keep active and you’ll keep smiling. Another thing that will help you is fishing!! Fishing is a great sport and there’s nothing more relaxing than to be outside in the fresh air and keeping the mind busy.
Give Tackling Minds a follow and find out some of the benefits to this relaxing past time which will help you massively!”

Ricky Hatton MBE –

4 x two-weight World Boxing Champion