Leah Harris has thirteen years of expertise as a grassroots advocate for rights and access to support for individuals and families in crisis.
Areas of focus
- Social determinants of health. Leah has written and spoken about the importance of addressing the social determinants of health, including poverty, education, employment, access to housing, racism, mass incarceration, discrimination and other forms of social injustice in any mental health or healthcare initiative.
- Mental health recovery. Leah has shared her lived experience of hope and recovery with thousands at the Alternatives Conference, as well as at numerous statewide conferences and trainings for mental health professionals and administrators.
- Suicide. As a suicide attempt survivor, Leah has written and spoken widely to raise awareness and challenge misconceptions about suicide and self-harm. She currently serves as a faculty member of the Zero Suicide lnitiative, and has consulted with the Center for Dignity and Recovery to develop effective messaging guidelines for speakers sharing their personal experiences with suicide.
- Trauma-informed approaches. Leah is a trauma survivor and works closely with the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) to promote trauma-informed values, practices, and approaches in all human service settings. She co-authored, with Laura Prescott, a report for the Homelessness Resources Center on how to meaningfully involve persons experiencing homelessness in the creating trauma-informed homeless services.