By Maru Gonzalez

September 30, 2017

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Though the media's attention has been largely focused - legitimately so - on

surveying the extent of Maria's physical destruction and addressing the

evolving humanitarian crisis brought on by a shortage of food, water,

medicine, electricity, and cell phone communication, little has been said

about the growing impact of Maria on mental health.


Yet even before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island was in a

critical state of "mental health deterioration," made worse by a deepening

economic crisis, high rates of poverty and unemployment, a cash-strapped

Medicaid program, and an exodus of medical professionals to the mainland.