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MARCH Network Plus Funds

IOL is delighted to be part of a Research Team who have just been awarded funding from the MARCH Network to assist in this research project. The MARCH Network is one of 8 national networks funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as part of the 2018 Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call to further research into mental health.

Natural Outdoor Environments and Mental Health: Developing Sustainability Indicators using a Cross-Disciplinary and Multi-Stakeholder Approach.

The work continues to build on publication of the IOL Outdoor Mental Health Interventions Statement of Good practice in 2019.

The aim of this project is to develop Sustainability Indicators for the effective and equitable use of outdoor natural environments, in the treatment of mental health problems, and the promotion of mental health. Case-studies and consultation with stakeholders will be used to elicit a contemporary and adaptable sustainability framework that can be practically applied and can be used to understand the evolving impact of COVID-19 upon these factors.  Overall, this will help better equip different sectors in utilising outdoor natural environments as a mental health asset.

RESEARCH TEAM LEADS: Dr Kaye Richards (Liverpool John Moores University); Dr James Fullam (University of Exeter)

CO-INVESTIGATORS Dr Alison Greenwood (Dose of Nature); Neal Anderson (Institute for Outdoor Learning); Dr Linda Allin (Northumbria University Newcastle); Dr Chris Loynes (University of Cumbria); Andy Hardie (VentureTrust).

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