This page is designed to collect mad studies materials from everywhere and anywhere. Click on the links to go to open access articles and chapters. If there isn’t a link, you can always contact the authors to see if they have a copy they can share with you. You can also check out a website where academics and researchers upload their work for free.

If you would like to add something, please use the contact page


Anderson, J., Sapey, B. & Spandler, H. (2012) Distress or Disability? Proceedings of a symposium held at Lancaster University, 15-16 November 2011. Centre of Disability Research, Lancaster.

Barker, P., Campbell, P., & Davidson, B. (Eds.). (1999). From the Ashes of Experience: Reflections on Madness, Survival and Growth. London: Whurr Publishers.

Ben-Moshe, L., Chapman, C., & Carey, A.C. (Eds.). (2014). Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ellerby, M. (2007) The Stages of Schizophrenia – Parts I-IV.

Fanon, F. ([1968] 1972). Black Skin White Masks. London: Granada Publishing Limited.

Fernando, S. (2010). Mental Health, Race and Culture (3rd ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

LeFrancois, B.A., Menzies, R.J., Reaume, G. (2013) Mad Matters: a critical reader in Canadian mad studies. Canadian Scholars’ Press, Toronto.

LeFrançois, B.A., Diamond, S. (2014) Psychiatry Disrupted: Theorizing Resistance and Crafting the (R)Evolution. McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montréal.

Orr, J. (2006) Panic Diaries: A Genealogy of Panic Disorder. Duke University Press: Durham.

Price, M. (2013) Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life. University of Michigan Press.

Read, J. & Reynolds, J. (1996), Speaking Our Minds: An Anthology of Personal Experiences of Mental Distress and its Consequences. Houndmills, New York: Macmillan.

Spandler, H., Anderson, J. & Sapey, B. (2015) Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement. Policy Press.

Book Chapters

Graby, S. (2015) Neurodiversity: bridging the gap between the Disabled People’s Movement and the Mental Health System Survivors’ Movement? in H. Spandler, J. Anderson & B. Sapey (eds) Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement. Policy Press.

Jones, N., Harrison, J., Aguiar, R., Munro, L. (2014). Transforming Research for Transformative Change in Mental Health: Toward the Future. In Geoffrey Nelson, Bret Kloos, and Jose Ornelas (eds.) Community Psychology and Community Mental Health: Towards Transformative Change.

LeFrançois, B.A. (2014). Voluntary commitment. In A. Scull (Ed.). Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness: An A-to-Z Guide (pp947-950). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Menzies, R., LeFrançois, B., Reaume, G. (2013) ‘Introducing Mad Studies‘ in LeFrancois, B.A., Menzies, R.J., Reaume, G. (eds) Mad Matters: a critical reader in Canadian mad studies. Canadian Scholars’ Press, Toronto.

Trevedi, P. (2010) A Recovery Approach in Mental Health Services: Transformation, Tokenism or Tyranny? Voices of experience: Narratives of mental health survivors.

Voronka, J. (2008) ‘Removing Forward‘ in Decolonizing Spaces.

Special Issues of Journals

Howell, A. & Voronka, J. (eds.) (2012) Special Issue: The Politics of Resilience and Recovery in Mental Health CareStudies of Social Justice 6 (1).

LeFrançois, B.A. and Coppock, V. (2014).  Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives. Children & Society, 28 (3).

Mills, C. and Fernando, S. (2014) Globalising Mental Health or Pathologising the Global South? Mapping the Ethics, Theory and Practice of Global Mental Health. Disability and the Global South 1(2).

Ostrander, N. & Henderson, B. (eds.) Special Issue: Disability and MadnessDisability Studies Quarterly 33 (1)

Journal Articles

Bonnington, O., & Rose, D. (2014). Exploring stigmatisation among people diagnosed with either bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder: A critical realist analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 123, 7-17.

Bruce, L.M.J. (2012). “The People Inside My Head, too”: madness, black womanhood, and the radical performance of Lauryn Hill. African American Review.

Daley, A., Costa, L. & Ross, L. (2012). (W)righting women: constructions of gender, sexuality and race in the psychiatric chart. Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, 14 (8), 955-969.

Fernando, S. (2006) Stigma, Racism and powerAotearoa Ethnic Network Journal 1 (1).

Holley, L.C., Stromwall, L.K., Bashor, K.E. (2012). Reconceptualizing Stigma: Toward a Critical Anti-Oppression Paradigm. Stigma Research and Action, 2 (2).

LeFrançois, B.A. and Diamond, S. (2014). Queering the sociology of diagnosis: Children and the constituting of mentally ill subjects. Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry, 1, 39-61.

LeFrançois, B.A. (2013). The psychiatrization of our children or, an auto- ethnographic narrative of perpetuating First Nations genocide through ‘benevolent’ institutions. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 2 (1).

LeFrançois, B.A. (2013). Queering child and adolescent mental health services: The subversion of heteronormativity in practiceChildren & Society 27 (1): 1-12.

McWade, B., Milton, D. & Beresford, P. (2015) Mad Studies and Neurodiversity: a dialogue. Disability & Society 30 (2): 305-309.

Russo, J. & Beresford, P. (2015). Between exclusion and colonisation: seeking a place for mad people’s knowledge in academia. Disability & Society 30 (1): 153-157.

Trevedi, P. A Recovery Approach in Mental Health Services: Transformation, Tokenism or Tyranny?

van Daalen-Smith, C., Adam, S., Breggin, P. and LeFrançois, B.A. (2014). The utmost discretion: How presumed prudence leaves children susceptible to electroshock. Children & Society, 28: 205-217.

Voronka, J., Wise Harris, D., Grant, J., Komaroff, J., Boyle, D., & Kennedy, A. (2014). Un/helpful help and its discontents: peer researchers paying attention to street life narratives to inform social work policy and practice. Social Work in Mental Health 12 (3), 249-279.

Voronka, J. (2007) Making Bipolar Britney: Proliferating psychiatric diagnoses through tabloid mediaRadical Psychology 7 (2).

Wolframe, P.A. (2013) The Madwoman in the Academy, or, Revealing the Invisible Straightjacket: Theorizing and Teaching Saneism and Sane PrivilegeDisability Studies Quarterly 33(1).


Psychiatric Disabilities Anti-violence Coalition (2015) Clearing a Path: A Psychiatric Survivor Anti-Violence Framework. Toronto.

Mental Health “Recovery” Study Working Group (2009) Mental Health “Recovery”: Users and Refusers. Toronto: Wellesley Institute.


Andrew Robert’s website is an amazing resource on the history of mental health

Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health, Simon Fraser University, Canada

The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP) provides strategic leadership in human rights advocacy, implementation and monitoring relevant to people experiencing (or labeled with) madness, mental health problems or trauma.

The Empowerment Council is a voice for clients/survivors and ex-clients of mental health and addiction services in Canada.

The History of Madness in Canada – a permanent, public Canadian website, created to enhance critical thinking, heritage preservation and historical research in the fields of psychiatric medicine and mental health.

Madness Network News – a full archive of this US ex-mental patient movement’s newsletter

Madness – Probing the Boundaries project – UK

Mad Socius website devoted to schizoanalysis

Mental Health and Survivors’ Movements and Context – The Survivors History Group was founded in April 2005 value and celebrate the contribution that mental health service users/survivors have made and are making to history.

Mental Health in Higher Education Hub – UK

Oor Mad History – Scotland based community history project

Our Consumer Place – Australia

Social Media

Dina’s Blog on Asylum, the Interntaional Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry

Guilaine Kinouani: The language of distress: Black women’s mental health and invisibility on Media Diversified

Iva Cheung: Sanism and the language of mental illness

@TheMadvocates – Toronto based anti-oppressive thinktank of psychiatric survivors and Mad people on Twitter

Marian Moores’ blog, which features regular updates about the North East Mad Studies form.
Ethan Bryce‘s blog. Ethan studies computer science and mad studies. The blog includes his publications and presentations.
CEIMH, University of Birmingham film resources – links to interviews with people like Thomas Szasz and Diana Rose.
Sanism and the Mad Studies Project –  Brenda LeFrançois’ slides from presentation at Lancaster Disability Conference Mad Studies stream in 2014.
Sanism – Tedx talk by Jennifer Poole
Making Mad Studies, Process, Practice and Contestations – Kathryn Church, Jijian Voronka & Jennifer Poole
Radio, Magazines & Newspapers
Asylum Magazine – An International Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry
Fernando, S. (1992) Roots of Racism in Western Psychiatry. OpenMind 59.
McGill Law Student’s Magazine ‘Quid Novi‘ with article by Frédéric Fovet
Nev Jones interview on Madness Radio
Radical Mental Health Zines – a list collated by listafeminista
Cian Bell: After

Mars Project – A blog dedicated to the production of a documentary film based on the life of Khari “Conspiracy” Stewart.

The Inmates are Running the Asylum film

Dolly Sen‘s blog on Disability Arts Online

7 thoughts on “Resources

  1. Hello,
    This is a fantastic resource. I am the Programme Leader for the first Mad Studies course in the Uk. We have just completed a six week course with 15 students. It was designed and delivered in partnership with Queen Margaret University, CAPS and NHS Lothian. We would love to be part of this network.


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