Calls to Puerto Rico’s Suicide Hotline Have Skyrocketed Since Hurricane Maria

February 21, 2018

(Vox) – Puerto Rico is having a serious mental health crisis. The number of people on the island who have reportedly tried to kill themselves since Hurricane Maria hit the island has more than tripled. From November 2017 through January 2018, a crisis hotline run by Puerto Rico’s Department of Health received 3,050 calls from people who said they had attempted suicide. That’s an astounding 246 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

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