The numbers cited by the professionals are staggering: half of all adult mental illness develops by the age of fourteen. And those statistics only get worse over time.

That’s one of the reasons Atlanta Corrections Chief Patrick Labat convened a Youth Summit at the jail recently. Experts were on hand discuss ways to teach young people how to better understand their mental health and how to cope with problems like depression and anxiety – without feeling stigmatized.

“Silence the Shame” Founder and Executive Director Shanti Das hosted the event, including a question and answer session with noted psychologist and media personality Spirit.