Politicising Anxiety: From Precarity to Care

10 June 2017


Venue: Red gallery, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT

Organiser: David Berrie and Emily McDonagh. From Mental Health under Capitalism

Mental Health under Capitalism is about support and solidarity. It acts as both a consciousness raising group and as a supportive space for people to talk about their experiences and the relationship between mental health, capitalism and other forms of oppression. David has most recently been involved in Mental Health under Capitalism and the Radical Assembly. He sells his labour as an Art Psychotherapist with young people. Emily has most recently been involved with Mental Health under Capitalism and Plan C. She sells her labour as a psychologist in the NHS

Anxiety is everywhere at the moment, but too often it is seen strictly as a condition of the individual. This event will be a workshop on politicising anxiety; on framing it as a social phenomenon. Anxiety takes different forms and we see these multiple anxieties as weapons of the ruling class, as the result of a crisis of reproduction and a condition of capitalism itself. One response to this, we suggest, is collectivised care.