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Goldsmiths
CCA

Residents

We understand mental health as a common good and reject its privatization and pathologization. We disagree with mental ill-health understandings that isolate and blame individuals for their conditions, ignoring structural inequality and denying those in need assistance and care.

Between February 2018 and July 2019, we addressed the mental health crisis on campus by meeting weekly at Goldsmiths, collecting demands, running workshops and publishing our first zine – Be Well, Do Well? We developed a practice of testimony creation and gathering that considers experiences of distress not as self-enclosed but as embedded and co-produced by institutional structures and procedures.

This year, as CCA Residents, we plan to resume our weekly meetings and hold monthly film screenings. We hope to meet with other students and staff and connect with initiatives local to New Cross within and beyond campus. We would like this new iteration of our collective process to be sustained in solidarity. We seek building collaborations that facilitate further reflection on how our experiences of distress speak to intersecting inequalities and injustices.

So far, Gold Paper Mental Health Working Group has acted as a peer-support group, a site of testimony gathering, an activist-oriented space, and a collaborative aesthetic practice. Read more about us on our website (https://goldpapermentalhealth.wordpress.com/) or email us (goldpapermentalhealth@gmail.com).

We understand mental health as a common good and reject its privatization and pathologization. We disagree with mental ill-health understandings that isolate and blame individuals for their conditions, ignoring structural inequality and denying those in need assistance and care.

Between February 2018 and July 2019, we addressed the mental health crisis on campus by meeting weekly at Goldsmiths, collecting demands, running workshops and publishing our first zine – Be Well, Do Well? We developed a practice of testimony creation and gathering that considers experiences of distress not as self-enclosed but as embedded and co-produced by institutional structures and procedures.

This year, as CCA Residents, we plan to resume our weekly meetings and hold monthly film screenings. We hope to meet with other students and staff and connect with initiatives local to New Cross within and beyond campus. We would like this new iteration of our collective process to be sustained in solidarity. We seek building collaborations that facilitate further reflection on how our experiences of distress speak to intersecting inequalities and injustices.

So far, Gold Paper Mental Health Working Group has acted as a peer-support group, a site of testimony gathering, an activist-oriented space, and a collaborative aesthetic practice. Read more about us on our website (https://goldpapermentalhealth.wordpress.com/) or email us (goldpapermentalhealth@gmail.com).

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