Mental health strain: Puerto Rico’s natural disasters
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Mental health has become a top priority in Puerto Rico.
In the past three years, residents on the island have endured a devastating hurricane, political unrest and most recently a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s earthquake was one of about 500 quakes of magnitude 2 or greater that have rocked the area since December 28.
Many residents are without power again and the island is still under the threat of more tremors.
People are so afraid of aftershocks, they are sleeping in their yards.
In addition to FEMA support, psychologists have arrived to help children and families cope.
They believe the trauma of the past three years is piling up.
The mayor of one town says the emotional health of Puerto Ricans is completely broken.
Experts recommend talking, playing with the children and taking advantage of all of the resources available on the island to once again overcome the hardship.
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