Research being undertaken at two educational institutions in Essex are looking at the possibility of fishing to help war veterans relax and cope better with their PTSD symptoms.
It is often talked about in the press about how being outdoors and getting plenty of fresh air and exercise is of great benefit to those who suffer from mental health conditions.
Treatments for PTSD are generally centred around cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy, drugs, or sometimes a combination of all three.
The research began by taking a group of veterans aged between 25 and 55 years old away for the weekend, in order to go fishing. Each veteran was psychologically assessed before and after fishing. The process continued with assessing again in a few days’ time, and then again several months down the line.
One veteran, diagnosed with PTSD last year reported that the weekend’s fishing relaxed him, and made him feel less alone. However, this has not been a long term effect, although he is looking forward to going again.
From a research point of view it will be interesting to see if it is the fishing, being outdoors, being in each others company or a combination of everything that is beneficial to the veterans. The group have agreed to stay in contact with each other through setting up a group on social media, which again is another way in which they can support each other.
Blackwater Law is committed to helping those that are suffering with PTSD to make a PTSD Compensation Claim. Jason Brady, Partner is a highly experienced solicitor who is helping many veterans with their claims throughout the country. If you would like to chat with Jason about a possible claim please call him on 0800 083 5500.