This week, Dr. Radha will be talking with  not one, but two special guests. Dean Asplin from the Angling Trust and Dr Mark Wheeler from iCARP will discuss how angling and social prescribing can improve mental wellbeing.

Dean Asplin has worked for the Angling Trust (National Governing Body for Angling) for over 12 years and is responsible for the delivery of the Environment Agency, National Angling Strategic Services contract for the South of England. This involves supporting the delivery of 100’s of ‘Get Fishing’ events that engage approximately 7000 new participants per year. He leads nationally on the ‘Get Fishing for Wellbeing’ initiative that looks to inform, educate and support the NHS practitioners and Community Link workers on the clear benefits of angling and how this amazing sport can support patients to boost their mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Mark Wheeler  is a chartered psychologist, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and an experienced mental health therapist with over ten years’ of working both within the NHS as well as privately. As a therapist Mark’s area of expertise lies in treating trauma. His PhD focused on the benefits of group outdoor activities and the subsequent reduction of PTSD symptoms in military veterans. Mark is passionate about working with this client group. After receiving awards for his research Mark then went on to form the not for profit iCARP CIC to continue researching the potential benefits of this form of social prescription. He is also a keen angler who enjoys spending time on the bank.

Themes – angling, mental health, mindfulness, nature, evidence for angling and mental health

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