How I Went from Wanting to Die to Loving Life: A Resilience Journey

Join us on Thursday, January 19, 2017 for a special evening with Leah Harris.

Leah spent much of her adolescence wanting to die. Today Leah is a mother, storyteller, survivor, and advocate. She has written widely to promote human rights, dignity, healing, and self-determination. She will open up about the critical turning point that propelled her from being a suicidal and hopeless young woman to an empowered advocate living a meaningful life in recovery, as well as discuss what it has been like to “come out” publicly as a suicide attempt survivor and to become a change agent in suicide prevention. She’ll unpack her perspectives on why she considers mental health to be a social justice issue, and will discuss the legacy of intergenerational trauma, mental illness, and addiction in her Ashkenazi Jewish family including how she has broken the cycle of silence and shame through her life and work. Leah will also share what she has discovered about resilience and healing from traumatic experience on the mind-body-spirit levels. Finally, she will share short excerpts from her one-woman show, “Aliens, Nazis, and Angels,” rated among “Best of the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival” by DC Metro Theater Arts.

This promises to be an enlightening and hopeful event, and is free and open to the public. For more information about the REAL Mental Health Initiative, please click here.


Congregation Rodef Sholom

170 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903, United States


JoAnne Forman

Phone: (415) 479-3441 ext. 3011

[email protected]



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