The MARCH Network set out to transform our understanding of how social, cultural and community assets enhance public mental health and wellbeing, help prevent mental illness, and support those living with mental health conditions.
Final Report (2018-2021)
Between 2018 and 2021, MARCH worked with researchers, community organisations, policy groups, mental health charities, and people with lived experience of mental health conditions across the UK to transform our understanding of the role of social, cultural, and community assets in mental health. This report summarises our main achievements.
World Health Organisation Europe: What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? A scoping review (2019)
How leisure activities affect health: A review and multi-level theoretical framework of mechanisms of action using the lens of complex adaptive systems science
With generous funding from UK Research and Innovation, MARCH brought together nearly 2,000 researchers, policy makers, community organisations and individuals with lived experience of mental illness. In three years, we accomplished a lot.
Tonic Music is providing a range of creative musical activities - including punk and ska choirs - to support people struggling with poor mental health
Outside Edge Theatre Company
Outside Edge Theatre Company is using drama to bring about positive change in the lives of people affected by addiction
The MARCH Network completed its programme of activities at the end of 2021. This website shares our key achievements and serves as a reference for researchers and practitioners working on community assets and mental health. It is intended to be a resource for our many partners who have founded initiatives in the last three years with MARCH. We hope it will support and catalyse further research, interventions, and advocacy, helping to move this area of work from the sidelines of mental health research to the mainstream.