A need for awareness

A need for awareness

In a county with few mental health resources, community members are rallying to increase peer support and education around suicide.

The crushing toll of a pandemic in Maine’s ‘forgotten county’

Deaths of Despair

In a remote corner of Maine that locals call ‘The Forgotten County,’ the pandemic triggered isolation, economic struggles and a surge in suicides and overdoses. Hindered by a lack of mental health resources, communities and schools in Washington County banded together to find help for those with anxiety, depression and despair. The Maine Monitor chronicles the heartbreaking losses in a county that seeks solace and solutions to prevent more tragedies.


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