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#FINDINGHOPE: Local agency hosting first 'Hooked on Mental Health' event Saturday

Posted: 7:15 AM, Oct 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-25 09:16:58-04

BOISE, Idaho — Local mental health agency, A Body & Mind Health Services (ABM) , is hosting its first ‘Hooked on Mental Health’ event on Saturday, October 26 at McDevitt Pond in Boise.

The all ages fishing event will begin at 9 a.m. Fishing permits for the event will be provided by Idaho Fish & Game at no cost to community participants.

ABM will use 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. The public is invited to grab their poles and come out to 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 on-site to provide information about available mental health services and community resources.