Poet Jen Harris
Poetry or Stage Name: Poet Jen Harris
Activism: I work predominantly within LGBTQ & Women’s Rights activism efforts. Advocating to look for mental health root causes instead of getting caught up in disease labels.
Peer Support: As the founder and SlamMaster of Kansas City Poetry Slam, I work tirelessly to connect the local Kansas City community to the national poetry community. The connections we’ve made with individuals and businesses to support fellow artists in their endeavors. from show production to book publication, has created a vibrant and thriving scene in KC. Poetry slams often let people share their inner most issues, where people can learn to look at mental health root causes so they can find real solutions.
What kind of Gigs I’d like to be booked for: Mental Health Awareness, Suicide Prevention, LGBTQIA, Women’s Rights, Supporting a Search for mental health root causes
On her quietest days
she wore the loudest sweaters, and when she quit smoking she said:
I have to stop pretending poison is pretty.
Facing Page, Health Care Activism: Mental Health Root Causes
What I would tell the Recovery Movement: Focus on the emotional distress underlying the diagnosis. The mental health root causes. I believe, in many cases, that depression and anxiety are symptoms that other areas in your life need dissection and change. Medication should be a last result.
Health Insurance Success Story: Due to the Affordable Care Act I have been able to afford health care for the first time as an independent artist and have spent a large majority of 2016 practicing a self-care I could’ve only dreamed about 10 years ago. Working through this backlog of health issues has been very empowering. It makes me feel like a real citizen again.