Impossible to Ignore: A Mental Health Crisis Changes a Community and a Reporter's Focus

Norman, Joshua
September 2007
Nieman Reports;Fall2007, Vol. 61 Issue 3, p52
This article emphasizes the importance of attending to the mental health of people affected by Hurricane Katrina which wrought much devastation in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. It explains that the psychological and emotional stress wrought by the disaster on the people in these states cannot be denied. It focuses on the impact of a mental health crisis on communities. There have been reports of several suicide by victims of the hurricane. It has been observed that following Katrina there was a surge in domestic violence and suicide.


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