Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Leads to Mental Health Crisis

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Saturday, March 31, 2018

The recovery from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has been slow. There are still some without power, six months after the storm devastated the island.

Now, there is a new crisis that is linked to the effects of Maria. A mental health crisis.

As residents struggle to return to some sense of normalcy there has been a spike in the number of calls to a suicide prevention hotline center.

There have been 4500 calls this since the start of 2018. That number is double what it was before Maria.

On March 1, 2018, a second major blackout occurred when a transmission line failed and caused two power stations to shut down; more than 970,000 people lost electricity.

Excluding those affected by the second blackout, more than 200,000 people remained without power following Maria as of March 2.

The Team

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