How Traumatized Are Puerto Rico’s Children, and What’s Being Done to Help?


Yes, it’s always the MONEY!!! Isn’t it” … “Yes, we have mental health issues, but we also have crumbling schools, no computers. So the bucket has to be split,” she said.

Asked what the department’s work to help traumatized students and teachers needs most other than money, Suarez-Kindy replied, “No, it’s really just money.”

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A report by Andrew Ujifusa for EdWeek.

Puerto Rico’s students and teachers are still grappling with fallout from Hurricane Maria more than a year after the storm struck the island. So what do we know about the extent of trauma in the U.S. territory’s schools, and what resources are being brought to bear to help them?

Schools have provided some data to help answer the question. Early last year, we wrote about the Puerto Rico Department of Education’s attempt to measure the extent to which students and educators were suffering trauma, depression, or other psychological impacts due to Maria. We alluded to this information late last month, but here’s some additional key analysis about the responses:

  • Seven percent of students indicated they had “clinically significant symptoms” of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Eight percent of students said they had “clinically significant symptoms” of depression.
  • Nine percent of students indicated…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

5 thoughts on “How Traumatized Are Puerto Rico’s Children, and What’s Being Done to Help?

  1. An important post Horty that you have highlighted… It appears no one really cares about these children or the conditions of schools, homes, or their environment.. They are numbers upon a statistic sheet..
    But soon more natural disasters are I feel going to occur around our globe.. I hope those sat now who hold the purse strings hold tight to their own dwellings, for one day they may just find them selves in need of the same considerations..

    Great job you do here bringing awareness Horty…

    Take care my friend.. ❤

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