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The onset of mental illness in young adults often comes as a complete surprise to families. There can be confusion, fear and even denial in the face of stigma. Is it just a phase or is it an illness?

The Jed Foundation and Active Minds raise awareness of mental health issues on campus, encourage college students to get help at the first signs of distress, and improve systems for support.

Mental illness can lead to suicide - the second leading cause of death among college students.

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Thousands of college students don't graduate each year due to mental illness.

Pam Swarts talks about coming to understand her son's mental illness.

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