Guadalupe Morales Cano Biography

Guadalupe Morales Cano, Deputy Chair of ENUSP, (European Network of (-Ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry), the only grassroots umbrella organisation working across Europe to unite local and national organizations of (ex-)users and survivors of psychiatry. The organization represents directly the views of people who are or have been on the receiving end of psychiatric services,

She is Director of Fundación Mundo Bipolar. After being diagnosed with a mental health problem, and losing her job as a journalist, because of that, Mrs. Morales promoted the creation of Fundación Mundo Bipolar (2004). This organization is a non-profit national NGO of people with lived experience. It fights against stigma and discrimination, based in the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Pioneer in peer2peers training.

Mrs. Morales had teaching positions at universities in Spain and USA. Currently is professor in the Masters:Universitat Jaume I, in Valencia, Spain; teaches: “Media and Stigma”, at Universidade NOVA Lisbon, International Learning Program. Subjects: Human Rights, Discrimination, UNCRD. Is one of the 16 partners of 11 countries in an Horizon2020 Research project, Recover-E. Trains professionals and peer workers to be part of Community Mental Health Teams, in five Eastern countries.

Member: Human Rights Committee of Mental Health Europe (MHE). Represents Users at the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR), member of their Training Committee. Women´s Committee European Disability Forum (EDF), Member of the Advisory Boards of: World Psychiatry Association (WPA), Advisory Group Service Users & Family Carers and the one on Alternatives to coercion. Commissioner of Lancet Commission on Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health. Representative of users at the Spanish Mental Health Strategy

Her main interests are: raising of the voice of people with mental health problems, at a political level, to have a meaningful involvement in every aspect related to this collective to promote their Rights, developing projects on training peers and professionals and research.


Morales Cano, G. (2013). Fundación mundo bipolar: Learning among peers in the service of recovery. Vertex (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 24(112), 434.

Morales Cano, G (2016). De enfermo a ciudadano. From sick to citizen. Revista Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatía 36(129):209-219

Morales Cano, G, Wooley, S. (2016). Perspectives for public policies in mental health. Sick or well – a citizen first: The (Ex-)User/Survivor Voice in Democracy. L’Information psychiatrique, 92(9): 723-30.



From ill person to citizen stigma and discrimination in mental health