National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
Leah Ida Harris
Leah Harris, M.A., is a mother, advocate, and storyteller. Leah has written and spoken widely about her lived experiences of trauma, addiction, serious mental health challenges, and recovery. She is communications director at the Bazelon Center for a Mental Health Law, and coordinator of the Recovery Now! campaign to promote community-based, recovery-oriented practices, services and policies. She is a suicide attempt survivor who brings a service-user perspective to suicide prevention/intervention and is a Zero Suicide faculty member. Leah is a Trauma Informed Peer Support Specialist and trainer with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Center for Trauma Informed Care, and 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, CounterPunch, Street Spirit, New York City Voices, and TheIcarusProject.net. She blogs for Mad in America, 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.