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Anti-Oppression: Anti-Sanism

This libguide provides resources to combat oppression.


This guide provides resources to those who wish to learn about and combat oppression of various kinds in our society. This is not a comprehensive guide.

Anti-oppression work does not happen alone. This guide would not be possible without Amanda Broyles, Danielle Costello, and Crystal Miller.  

If there are resources you would like to recommend for the guide or if there are resources that are problematic, please contact Robert Griggs (


What is Sanism?

"Two terms that have been proposed to label the discrimination against people with mental illness are sanism and mentalism, which have appeared in legal and social science research circles but haven’t caught on with the public or with mass media. Sanism was coined by attorney Morton Birnbaum in the 1960s, when he was representing Edward Stephens, a patient with mental illness who claimed he was receiving inadequate treatment. Law professor and mental health advocate Michael L. Perlin has perpetuated the term in legal literature, writing extensively about it since the 1980s. American activist and educator in the psychiatric survivor movement Judi Chamberlin coined the term mentalism in her book On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System, published in 1978. Neither sanism nor this definition of mentalism appears in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)." 

From Simmons University Libguide

Too Sane for this World

ADHD and Me with Rory Bremner

Resources in the Library