By Maru Gonzalez
September 30, 2017
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.