Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine - Barts and The London

Improving mental health through community resources

The new network called MARCH will rethink traditional approaches to mental health, by bringing researchers together with policymakers and third-sector organisations to understand how these social, cultural and community assets can enhance public mental health and wellbeing, prevent mental illness and support those living with mental health conditions.

7 September 2018

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Dr Mark Freestone from Queen Mary’s Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, said: “Sport, arts, libraries, heritage and cultural resources have all been shown to have a positive effect on people’s general mental health, but research and interventions working in these areas often proceeds in silos and lacks integration and impact.

“The MARCH network will fund and support projects in these areas and others, and help demonstrate a positive impact on mental health in times of increasing pressure on traditional mental health services.”

The MARCH network is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and is one of eight new Mental Health Networks announced today by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to bring researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions, supported with £8 million of funding.