The MARCH Network
Transforming our understanding of how social, cultural & community assets can support mental health
Mental illness is the leading cause of disability worldwide,
with 1 in 6 adults in the UK affected by mental health issues each year.
The MARCH Network is one of 8 new national networks funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the 2018 Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call to further research into mental health.
MARCH focuses on social, cultural and community assets – which includes the arts, culture, heritage sites, libraries, green spaces, community centres, social clubs, community associations and volunteer groups – and the role they play in enhancing public mental health and wellbeing, preventing mental illness, and supporting those living with mental health conditions. There are an estimated 1 million of these assets in the UK.
The MARCH Network proposes that these Assets
build Resilient Communities
and therefore lie at the heart of Mental Health
Join the MARCH Network
The MARCH Network is free and open to anyone with an interest in the role that social, cultural and community assets play in mental health and wellbeing, including researchers, community organisations, policy makers, mental health charities, people with lived experience, and members of the public.
Areas of interest
6 month network update
about the MARCH Network
"Together, we can transform our understanding of how social, cultural and community assets support mental health, and move this area of work from the sidelines of mental health research to the mainstream"
Dr Daisy Fancourt, Principal Investigator, MARCH Network