The MARCH Network

Transforming our understanding of how social, cultural & community assets can support mental health

The MARCH Network is one of 8 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



The MARCH Network finished activity in November 2021 - head to our legacy website to learn about our work over the last three years 

Areas of interest

MARCH Network
COVID social study
about the MARCH Network
MARCH Network
Year in Review 2019-2020
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"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