Mia Malda Atoui
Mia Atoui is a Clinical Psychologist, Social Entrepreneur, and Co-founder and President of Embrace, a leading mental health NGO in the country. She has worked in the field of mental health in Lebanon for the past 10 years and is a published researcher in the field.
Since 2013, she has been active in addressing stigma and awareness around mental health in Lebanon working in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and multiple local and international organizations to lobby for equity of care in mental health, quality rights for persons with lived experience with mental illness, and implementing projects across sectors with the aim of improving mental well-being of individuals and communities.
She has extensive experience in suicide prevention in Lebanon and has been leading and advocating for Lebanon’s National Emotional Support and Suicide Prevention and Helpline in Lebanon - Embrace Lifeline (1564). She is an active member in civil society and conducts trainings to local communities and organizations across Lebanon to build the capacities of first responders and health professionals in detection and prevention of mental illness, suicide, and psychological resilience and first aid among various vulnerable groups in the community.
Mia holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the American University of Beirut.