MARCH Network

Investigating how social, cultural, community engagement can support our 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.

The aims of MARCH were to:

  1. support research on social, cultural & community assets and mental health
  2. encourage new strategies and policies on community engagement & mental health
  3. highlight some of the brilliant work being done to support mental health up and down the country, where over a million community assets exist, including the arts, culture, heritage, libraries, green spaces, community centres, clubs, groups and volunteering groups.

The project generated a rich set of research reports, videos, resources and events, all of which can be found here. The website also contains case studies of community projects making a difference to peoples’ mental health.



UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the 2018 Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call

Programme area

Partnerships, networks and collaborating spaces



Network Lead

Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL

Network Coordinator

Vas James, UCL

Network Coordinating Group

Professor Jane South, Leeds Beckett University
Professor Helen Chatterjee, UCL
Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Oxford University
Professor Paul Crawford, Nottingham University
Professor Geoffrey Crossick, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Professor Tia DeNora, University of Exeter