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Whether it's hurricanes or COVID-19, disasters are driving a mental health crisis

Mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.

By Dean Russell, Columbia Journalism Investigations, and Jamie Smith Hopkins, Center for Public Integrity

A storm’s long shadow

A small amount of help

The damaged houses near Sandra Edwards' home in the Fifth Ward. Hurricane Harvey hit the area hard.

The long, uneven road to recovery

Sandra Edwards in her home in Houston’s Fifth Ward. She’s still rebuilding after heavy damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Sandra Edwards walks through her home in Houston’s Fifth Ward, still being rebuilt after heavy damage from Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

‘Such a betrayal’

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