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

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.

40,000+
choirs
11,000+
amateur orchestras
50,000+
amateur arts groups
5,000+
amateur theatre societies
3,000+
dance groups
2,500+
Museums
400+
historic places
4,000+
libraries
1,300+
theatres
50,000+
book clubs
27,000+
public parks
1,000+
community gardens
6,500+
leisure centres
151,000+
sports clubs
10,000+
village halls
330,000+
allotments
161,000+
voluntary associations
160,000+
community groups

Year in review 2019-2020

Our Year in Review 2019-2020 highlights the key achievements that MARCH accomplished in Year 2 as a network, shares our members views on what’s worked and where we needed to improve for the final year.

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Our research

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.

Our stories

Tonic Music

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

StreetGames

StreetGames is harnessing the power of sport to create positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people right across the UK

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.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the MARCH Network. The chance to share ideas with people with a variety of different experiences has been invaluable in supporting both my professional and personal development
MARCH member

In partnership with

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