UKRI Mental Health Networks

The Emerging Minds Network is one of eight Mental Health Networks set up by UKRI to bring researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions. Information on the other networks is provided below.

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Mental Health Research Matters

We are called the Mental Health Impact and Engagement Co-ordination Team and this means we will support all of the eight networks to:

  • Reach as many people as possible with their work
  • Extend their reach across multiple disciplines
  • Produce outputs that can be easily accessed and used
  • Engage early career researchers and understand their needs
  • Engage people with lived experience of mental health problems and their families to get involved with research.
  • Engage with funders of mental health research beyond the UKRI Research Councils to highlight the important and innovative work being done by the networks

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Closing the Gap Network

A network to understand why people with severe mental illness have some of the worst physical health issues of any section of the population. Our vision is to improve the physical health and reduce the health inequalities for people with severe mental illness. Learn more …

The Nurture Network

The Nurture Network (eNurture) is a UKRI funded network that fosters new collaborations to promote children and young people’s mental health in a digital world. Over the next four years (2018-2023), the network will bring together academic researchers, professional advisers and partners from public, private and third sector organisations. Learn more …

Loneliness Network

The Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health research network aims to encourage active cross-disciplinary research collaborations to improve our understanding of the mental health impact of loneliness and social isolation, and how this may be alleviated. We bring together researchers, policy-makers, and voluntary sector practitioners, including those with lived experience of loneliness and social isolation, spanning disciplines including clinical psychology, applied mental health research, social epidemiology, public mental health, human geography, history, civil engineering, health economics, public health, social policy, sociology, social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, architecture, geography, the arts, digital design, and human-computer interaction. By scoping the current evidence and on-going work, identifying research priorities, forging collaborations, and providing Plus Project grants for small projects, we aim to plant the seeds for work to reduce the burden of mental ill health by reducing loneliness and social isolation.
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MARCH Network

The ‘MARCH’ Network proposes that Assets for Resilient Communities lie at the centre of Mental Health (M-ARC-H) and is dedicated to advancing research into the impact of these assets in enhancing public mental health and wellbeing, preventing mental illness and supporting those living with mental health conditions. Specifically, MARCH focuses on social, cultural and community assets including the arts, culture, heritage, libraries, parks, community gardens, allotments, volunteer associations, social clubs and community groups, of which there are an estimated 1 million in the UK. Learn more …

SMaRteN Network

The SMaRteN focuses on understanding student mental health in higher education. Working with researchers with a range of expertise and key stakeholders across the sector, we aim to improve the understanding of student mental health. Our network takes a Whole University perspective, with a strong focus on understanding the actions that can be taken at a non-clinical level to improve mental health and reduce the prevalence of mental health problems. Students are at the heart of our activities, with all network led activities being supported by our Student Led Research Team. Learn more …


The Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network brings together young people with academics, health practitioners, and policy-makers to find new ways to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 10-24 years. Our work spans three research themes (1) social connections and relationships, (2) schools and other educational settings, and (3) key groups, including LGBTQ+ and care experienced young people. Through our Youth Advisory Group, and using a design innovation approach, we are working closely with young people to facilitate their ideas and translate these into new solution-focused approaches to improve youth mental health. Learn more …

VAMHN Network

The Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network (VAMHN) aims to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems among children, adults, and the elderly, by bringing together experts with different ways of thinking about domestic and sexual violence, abuse and mental health – some with personal experience of these issues, others with expertise from the work that they do, and survivor researchers with both. We hope to understand, prevent and reduce the impact of domestic and sexual violence and abuse on mental health. Learn more …