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I have added a new section today so that visitors to my wordpress site can ask me questions or send general comments. You can find this section by clicking on Email Questions or Comments under Connect with me right below my picture. This will re-direct you to another website (http://malensteptoe.weebly.com/) which I have created for this purpose (WordPress doesn’t have a feature to enable this).

I have also added another section About Mental Illness. Within this section is some brief information relating to Mental Illness, and there is also a resource area, where I have some link to support groups and information about Mental Illness. I will continue to add to this section as time permits. Not just as a person who suffers from Mental Health Issues, but also as a person who has witnessed others suffer from it, Mental Health is an issue which I think is extremely important. It is miss-represented by the media, miss-understood in society and affects approximately 1 in 5 Australians.

Many of those who are suffer from Mental Illness, do so in silence. Often suffers do not seek assistance, or help because they are ashamed, or scared, and even after they get help they will not speak of it too others due to fear and shame. Fear of losing their job, their friends, their freedom, being ridiculed, or even being feared by others.

Our society needs to change it’s views, opinions, perceptions and interactions with those who suffer from Mental Illness. The simple fact that Mental Illness is segregated from Medical Illness highlights the need for change.

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About malensteptoe
I am work for one of Australia's big 4 banks in the System Admin Team. I am also a mental health sufferer. Currently diagnosed with OCD, MDD, Panic Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia and Trichotillomania. I also write books and a blog. I am an advocate for change of the view towards mental health sufferers. We can and are beneficial people in society, with much to offer and contribute. We are not all violent, actually the percentage of violent tendencies in the mentally ill and those without mental illness are no different. You may work with someone right next to someone with mental illness and never know. So maybe it's time to re-evaluate your opinions?

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