It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has been traumatic for many adults, and children, too. After months of isolation, stress, and uncertainty, many came to their breaking point and needed immediate mental health services.
The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of many, including adolescents.A new study shows the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits increased more than 30% last year, compared to 2019.
It was ten years ago this month that Kaitlyn Harmon graduated from Maine Maritime Academy. She says she walked away from the school with a degree and with an assault she feels was never dealt with, despite her reporting it. Some school leaders I spoke with say support is there, and they want students to feel it going forward.
A website published last fall sharing personal stories of alleged sexual assault and harassment on maritime campuses has made waves across the country, including at Maine Maritime Academy. Since then, Morgan Sturdivant has been speaking with current and former students about the website, including the creator and MMA school leaders.
While DHHS says they are not able to comment about the case against Fiske, who is charged with gross sexual assault, court documents provide a timeline that raises questions about the role DHHS workers maintained in the child’s life.