Eleni Misganaw is a mental health advocate with lived experience; particularly focusing on amplifying the voice of mental health care users in Ethiopia and beyond.
She co-founded the Mental Health Service Users Association established as an Ethiopian Society in 2018 and has served as its President since its establishment. Eleni represents Ethiopian service users’ voice in the Global Mental Health Peer Network. She is also part of the mentorship program in the GMHPN providing support to newly appointed Executive Committee members.
Eleni has been providing lived experience perspective to national and international mental health related reports, documents, and research-related works either in drafting, reviewing, or both.
She has lived with bipolar disorder since early adolescence, which gives her first-hand experience on the mental health care service in Ethiopia. She has a Masters of Arts in Sociology and a background in Economics. She is married to a caring husband.