MARCH Network
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The MARCH Network                                  

University College London

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London WC1E 7HB

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The MARCH Network is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the 2018 Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call


Spotlight on practice

Some projects we’ve found inspirational this month…

Girlguides is building confidence in young girls aged 10-14 by encouraging them to meet new people, try new activities, and learn new skills.

Man Up is getting men to open up about mental health through theatre performance co-creation.

Tickwood Care Farm is working with children and young adults on farm and woodlands, helping them increase self belief, self confidence and everyday skills

The Good Mental Health Cooperative is running a drop-in café for people who may be feeling anxious or isolated, and providing support through arts activities, learning opportunities and tea

Urban Growth is providing opportunities for people to engage with nature on their doorstep, providing chances to learn about & meet new people in the community.

Magic Me is an arts charity bringing generations together to build a stronger, safer community.

policy and strategy updates

The WHO has produced a paper on Health Equity showing that progress on health equity has been slower than hoped since the association between individual determinants and health inequities was first established.

Heritage Alliance has produced an overview of the importance of the relationship between heritage & the creative industries and the evidence for why it matters

The UK City of Culture Independent Advisory Panel has outlined an opportunity to align the needs of rural areas which struggle to attract arts funding, with the needs of their historic religious buildings

Historic England have launched a Heritage Action Zone initiative, where 69 historic high streets across the country will be given a new lease on life thanks to a £95M government fund. 

The Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance, along with the APPG on Arts, Health and Wellbeing have produced a briefing for sustainability and transformation partnerships

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health has produced a report outlining a Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults

The Royal Society for Public Health has produced a report for allied health professionals to promote social prescribing

The South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) is a new initiative that will address government’s need for greater understanding of how investing in the environment can benefit our health, and work specifically to promote good mental health among young people in the region

What Works Wellbeing has compiled a report on individual and local area factors associated with self-reported wellbeing, perceived social cohesion and sense of attachment to one’s community

The ACE Rural Evidence and Data Review has identified the low profile of rural arts programming and the threats to its sustainability

The King’s Fund has published a collection of essays on NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme, exploring local approaches to improving population health

Public Health England has provided guidance on community and place-based approaches to reducing inequalities

NIHR's Public Health Research Programme wishes to commission research on the effectiveness of non-NHS interventions that enable populations to achieve and sustain good mental health and/or prevent mental health problems from developing

Culture Counts has launched Useful Facts, an interactive index of stats from over 100 research papers on the value of cultural to life in Scotland.

NHS England has provided a guide to help primary care networks introduce the new role of social prescribing link worker into their multi-disciplinary teams.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Work and the British Association of Social Workers have launched a new inquiry: Social Workers and a New Mental Health Act

Public Health England have published the report ‘Health Matters: Reducing Health Inequalities in Mental Illness’