Creative Resilience Collective collaborates with underserved communities and advocates looking to combat stigma and improve access to self-determined mental health care.

We believe our collective agency can create positive change and envision more equitable futures of care. Motivated by this belief, we organize educational workshops, study groups, produce critical writing, public art projects, youth programs, and design resources to shape the evolution of care towards liberation and joy.


We believe everyone should have the resources and tools to fully manage their own health

In solidarity with disability justice movements, mad activists, psychiatric survivors, and all others with lived experiences, we believe in every person's autonomy as a self-determinant being deserving of consensual care

Solutions are evolutionary and ongoing

The world is messy and ever-changing, and we understand that there is no single approach or effort that can serve as a solution. We define resilience as staying with uncertainty, refusing quick-fix solutions, and remaining open to trying new things. We believe in emergence and the power of informal, scrappy, and iterative processes to dismantle complex oppressive systems.

Social justice is intersectional 

We seek to address the harmful interplay of racism (especially anti-Blackness), transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism, nationalism (especially white) , xenophobia, and other forms of oppression and violence in our group's work, both internally and externally.

We believe in abundance, not scarcity

 Resources abound. Historically underserved groups should be validated and given full access to resources to transform their lived experiences into tools for achieving health justice.

We center people and lived experiences

Our work is collaborative and leverages listening and long-term relationship building that puts communities’ existing knowledge into action through design. We center people's needs in the context of hyper-local, holistic, and sustainable strategies that envision long-term common good.

We create and hold space for the things we are uniquely suited to offer

In all other circumstances, we aim to step back, support, and collaborate when the opportunity presents itself.
Credit: Design Justice Network Principles

Our principles draw from the Design Justice Network, Sins Invalid’s Ten Principles of Disability Justice, and Allied Media Conference.

Collective stewards

Through consensus-based decision-making, core organizers tend to all aspects of the organization's health and well-being. Organizational leaders also work to ensure collective initiatives are guided by intentional, just, and accountable processes.

Felicia Blow
Michelle Delgado

Sterling Johnson

Bennett Kuhn

Jessa Lingel

Olin Morris

Andrea Ngan
El Sigelman

Jenna Spitz


Co-creators and contributors  

Arielle Narva
Austin Kelley
Carolyn Hampe
Chloe Nurik
Chris Rogers
Cooper Lee Kidd
Cynthia Zhou
Elizabeth Weinstein
Feini Yin

Ila Kumar
Kimberly Gim
Kimya Imani Jackson
Maritza Hernandez
Matt Wattman

Megan Bogia
Meredith Degyanksy
Nisse Greenberg
Quan Quan Nguyen

Sarah Gawricki
Tara Boonngamanon
Theo Loftis
Tommy Markov


Our practice has been inspired by 

Our collective movement work is informed by Design Justice Network Principles, Emergent Strategies by adrienne maree brown, healing justice, Allied Media Conference Network Principles, Slow Reader by Slow Research Lab, Sick Woman Theory by Johanna Hedva, Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway, Monique Tula, and Sarah Ahmed among many others.

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Creative Resilience Collective is a health justice organization based in Philadelphia. We partner with underserved communities and advocates looking to combat stigma and improve access to self-determined mental health care.

We believe our collective agency can create positive change in care systems, leading to more equitable futures. We do this through educational workshops, study groups, critical writing, public art, youth programs, and the building of local tools and resources to shape the evolution of dignified care.


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