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Prejudice against Mental Illness in

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Cynthia Miller

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of Prejudice against Mental Illness in

against Mental Illness in
"Of Mice and Men"

Mentalism or Sanism is a form of discrimination against someone because of a mental trait or condition they have. The discrimination could be based on stereotypes about individual differences or conditions, specific behaviors, or supposed intelligence.

"That ranch we're goin' to is right down there about a quarter mile. We're gonna go in an' see the boss. Now, look—I'll give him the work tickets, but you ain't gonna say a word. You jus' stand there and don't say nothing. If he finds out what a crazy bastard you are, we won't get no job, but if he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we're set."
[Lennie] said gently, "George… I ain’t got mine. I musta lost it." He looked down at the ground in despair.

"You never had none, you crazy bastard. I got both of ‘em here. Think I’d let you carry your own work card?"

Lennie grinned with relief.
In the 70's, more and more people with mental illness were being de-institutionalized due to President Kennedy signing a bill that began the movement known as de-institutionalization.
The number of patients in mental institutions in the United States was reduced to 100,000 by 1986. The Athens Mental Health Center has emphasized short-term inpatient care since 1976, and refers patients to the Tri- County Mental Health and Counseling Service for out- patient care.
Time period
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, was first published in 1937
Now, people with disabilities have certain accommodation in work and school. They are no longer treated badly.
In the 90's, families with mentally challanged members tried to hide them away from others. They tried not to talk about it because it would put a bad name on the family.
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