Puerto Rico: After hurricane Maria, signs of a mental health crisis

What else? Not unexpected … ‘Returning to a routine is the most important step towards overcoming trauma, according to physicians and public health officials. But for most Puerto Ricans, logistical barriers like scarce water and electricity, as well as closed schools and businesses, make that impossible.’

Repeating Islands


Caitlin Dickerson (Independent) writes that public health officials say signs of a mental health crisis are haunting Puerto Rico two months after Hurricane Maria’s violent winds and screeching rains battered the island.

[. . .] The violent winds and screeching rains of Hurricane Maria were a 72-hour assault on the Puerto Rican psyche. There are warning signs of a full-fledged mental health crisis on the island, public health officials say, with much of the population showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Puerto Rico was already struggling with an increase in mental illness amid a 10-year recession that brought soaring unemployment, poverty and family separation caused by emigration. Public health officials and caregivers say that Maria has exacerbated the problem. Many Puerto Ricans are reporting intense feelings of anxiety and depression for the first time in their lives. Some are paranoid that a disaster will strike again. And people who…

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Anything But A Democrat …

GOAL .. ‘only concerned with packing Congress and the Judicial branch full of republicans in order to push through anti-humanitarian policies that hurt all but the wealthiest among us. That, folks, is the goal … the only goal. The powers that be have one mantra: Anything But A Democrat.’
Never in my lifetime …

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I had hoped never to write another piece about Roy Moore, candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama.  But, as sometimes happens, this story just keeps adding layers and my fingers itched, so here we are again.

The latest? Well, it began yesterday with Donald Trump giving his full endorsement to candidate Moore …

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.”

In contrast, another notable republican, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said …

“No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.”

Well, at least there is some honour, some conscience somewhere in the republican party.  The party itself, however, has none, for just after Trump endorsed Moore, the Republican National Committee…

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TIME Magazine Person of the Year 2017 …. “✊🏽 The Silence Breakers ✊🏽 …. HUGE! …. “!!


It became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning.

But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage. The actor who went public with the story of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s “coercive bargaining” in a Beverly Hills hotel suite two decades earlier. The strawberry picker who heard that story and decided to tell her own. The young engineer whose blog post about the frat-boy culture at Silicon Valley’s highest-flying startup prompted the firing of its founder and 20 other employees. The California lobbyist whose letter campaign spurred more than 140 women in politics to demand that state government “no longer tolerate the perpetrators or enablers” of sexual misconduct. A music superstar’s raw, defiant court testimony about the disc jockey who groped her.

The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover – Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual – along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960’s. Social media acted as a powerful accelerant; the hashtag #MeToo has now been used millions of times in at least 85 countries.

“I woke up and there were 32,000 replies in 24 hours,” says actor Alyssa Milano, who, after the first Weinstein story broke, helped popularize the phrase coined years before by Tarana Burke.

“And I thought, My God, what just happened?

I think it’s opening the floodgates.”

To imagine Rosa Parks with a Twitter account is to wonder how much faster civil rights might have progressed.

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