Leah Harris

Leah Harris (they/them) is a queer, mad and disabled writer, facilitator whose thinking and work is influenced by abolitionist and disability justice movements led by Queer and Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Leah has written on policy and advocacy issues around suicide, disability, and mental health for the Disability Visibility Project, Mad in America, The Philadelphia Enquirer, and The Huffington Post. Leah facilitates workshops and trainings for peer workers and peer-run organizations on trauma-informed approaches, navigating grief and loss, and social-justice strategies for resisting “burnout.” Leah is a white, Ashkenazi Jewish settler based in unceded Manahoac lands in so-called Northern Virginia.

Leah is a suicide attempt survivor who brings a service-user perspective to suicide prevention/intervention and is a Zero Suicide faculty member. Leah is involved with range of initiatives to build trauma informed organizations and resilient communities. Her writing has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as well as Off Our Backs: a Women's Newsjournal, Adbusters.org,(https://www.adbusters.org/content/prozac-spoof) CounterPunch, Street Spirit, New York City Voices, and TheIcarusProject.net. She blogs for Mad in America](https://www.madinamerica.com/author/lharris/), Truthout, and the Huffington Post. She is a founder of the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency, which uses public poetry as a means to promote social justice and inspire people to get active on the issues they care about. Her book of poetry is entitled Poems of Mass Construction.