Leah Harris is a mother, psychiatric survivor, and artist/activist. She has spoken and written widely to promote human rights, dignity, healing, and self-determination at conferences including NARPA, Alternatives, and the National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR). She has been a guest on Madness Radio and is also Madness Radio’s Technical Director. Her writing has appeared in publications including Off Our Backs: a Women’s Newsjournal, Adbusters.org, CounterPunch, Street Spirit, and theicarusproject.net. Her spoken word album, “Take Refuge,” chronicles her journey from psychiatric patient to human rights activist. She is the Communications and Development Coordinator at the National Empowerment Center and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
February 12, 2013
Now is the time to harness our individual stories, our collective stories, to counter the negative and hateful stories painted about us in the media. We need to push back with stories of our own. Stories that give people hope. We will be filming, for the Obama administration’s campaign to encourage discussion of mental health issues, as many people as possible telling their stories of how they built a life of meaning and purpose; what helped, what hurt, and what they see as promising policy directions.
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July 22, 2012
On Wednesday, July 18, the Heritage Foundation sponsored a forum entitled “How to Bring Sanity to our Mental Health System.” It featured Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, who was promoting his new book The Insanity Offense: How America’s Failure to Treat …
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