Interview with Guadalupe Morales
Involving People with Lived Experience in Mental Health Reform
“I feel that we have been stronger than many other people because of our experience. We know what it is like to lose our freedom.”
Guadalupe Morales is the Director of Fundación Mundo Bipolar, a non-profit organization advocating for the rights of people with mental health problems. She is also a RECOVER-E project partner and leads communication and dissemination activities in the project. In her recent interview with Mental Health Europe, Guadalupe discusses how the current coronavirus situation has affected her life and the changes she’s experienced in accessing mental health services.
Guadalupe reminds us of the importance of including the voices of people with lived experience of mental health problems more consistently in mental health reform initiatives.
“This is not only a mental health problem but a social, legal and human rights problem.”
Guadalupe is optimistic about the future of mental health reform initiatives. She says peers have created online communities for mutual support, interactions which have helped during the pandemic.