Essays and Blogs
because i have a mind and a heart
because no one has shut me up yet
-- excerpt from my poem, "i write"
For nearly two decades, I have written my mind and heart out about mental health, trauma, addiction, and suicide as matters of social justice.
In my writing, I've critiqued the Western "medical model" of mental health that seeks to pathologize our pain rather than validate it.
I also hope to offer some solutions and alternatives to the status quo, understanding there is no one-size-fits-all to personal and collective liberation.
With my words, I seek to navigate and illuminate pathways to survival and healing in an unjust, burning world.
Below is a collection of writing that reflects my approach:
Leah Harris on Mental Health as a Social Justice Issue (Psychology Today)
A Radical New Direction for Suicide Prevention and Care: A Review of Susan Stefan's book Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws (HuffPost)
Decolonizing our minds, freeing our spirits: some thoughts on a language of liberation (Everything Matters: Beyond Meds)
From self-care to collective caring (Mad in America)
Listening is an act of love (Medium)
You can read full collections of my writing at: