Description: Leah shares about intergenerational trauma and healing within her family, and how psychedelics figure into that story. We discuss the failings and dangers of the mainstream Western medical model of mental health and its treatments; we talk about the potential of psychedelics and the essential need for support for people who take them, as well as fears that people with a history of mental health struggles may have about taking them; and how to move towards more compassionate and just responses to all of our mental and psychological states.
Leah Harris is a mother, writer, and facilitator who works at the intersection of trauma-informed change, harm reduction, and collective liberation. She seeks to change the way we understand and respond to mental health and madness; traumatic experiences; suicide; and drug use. Her work appears in a new anthology edited by LD Green and Kelechi Ubozoh, entitled We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health. She is a correspondent with Mad in America, where she covers health, politics, and technology, and has also written for Adbusters and Truthout. Herself a survivor of trauma and suicide attempts, Leah supports other survivors to reclaim their power through creative expression, holistic approaches, and social action. Leah is a certified Tension and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) facilitator. You can learn more about her work or contact her at leahidaharris.com.
Runaways and their Health Problems in Haight-Ashbury during the summer of 1967
Hate Kills: A social justice response to suicide
Tension and Trauma Release exercises