Health authorities note with concern that mental illness appears to be a growing problem among youth and young adults, but stigma, shame and lack of awareness may deter people from getting treatment. Will Starkweather, an ELCA pastor, is one of a growing chorus of people sending the message, especially to youth, that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Millions of Americans cope with mental illness that can take many forms, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, bipolar disorder or deliberate self-harm (DSH). Medications and therapies can help people live with mental illness and enjoy productive and joyful lives.

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Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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