How Power Outages Can Affect Mental Health

Times Article (Alexandra Sifferlin, Karl Vick)

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Photo above: Heydee Perez, age 29, and her son, Yenel Calera, 
age 4 have not received any aid one week after Hurricane Maria. 
The roof of their home is gone and they have very little to eat. 
(Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, September 27, 2017)

With 95% of Puerto Rico’s electrical grid down, beyond the immediate concerns of damaged infrastructure, another pressing concern is that of mental health. Drawing comparisons to the mental health concerns of New York inhabitants following Hurricane Sandy, this article looks at how mental health, while it may not be the most pressing issue of immediate disaster relief, is still of great concern for Puerto Rico’s inhabitants.

-Sam Underwood

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