A young girl holds a rainbow trout caught in a local pond.

Local mental health agency A Body & Mind Health Services (ABM) is hosting its sixth annual Hooked on Mental Health event Saturday, April 13, at Parkcenter Pond in Boise. This all-ages fishing event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Fishing permits for the event will be provided by Idaho Fish & Game at no cost to community participants.

ABM uses the Hooked on Mental Health event as a platform to promote mental health awareness in the Treasure Valley and highlight the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors. Members of the community are invited to come out, fish, and show their support!  

“Mental health is so important. We have to work together as a community to address it and provide more local resources,” said Patrick Fithen, ABM Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “There tends to be a stigma when talking about mental health. When we provide events and opportunities for the community to get together and discuss the topic, it becomes easier to share and talk about. We hope this will become an annual celebration and opportunity for the community to gather mental health resources, create healthy relationships, and fall in love with fishing while enjoying what Idaho has to offer.” 

The ABM team will be onsite to provide information about available mental health services and community resources. Tight Lines 208 is a proud supporter of Hooked on Mental Health, contributing loaner rods, fishing classes and other resources to help ABM put on this community event.