PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Helping “Katrina Helpers:” More Trauma On The Way

August 29, 2007

Littleton, NH – On this second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the continuing struggle to rebuild the Gulf Coast is taking its toll on a new set of victims. Mental health professionals have been working with victims since the storm struck, and psychologist Dr. Mark Lindberg of Northern Human Services says the strain has left many of them suffering from their own mental maladies.

"Helpers are subject to secondary trauma even though they weren’t present at the original event. Working over many months -- now two years -- can have traumatic effects on them as well."

Although he’s based in northern New Hampshire, Lindberg is developing programs to care for the Gulf Coast’s mental health workers. He says time off and counseling can help, but he believes one of the best ways to ease the mental health crisis left in Katrina’s wake is to speed up reconstruction. In fact, he believes the snail's pace of the recovery efforts is largely to blame for the stress levels and burnout of mental health workers.

"It's probably due to the reminders that things are not getting better, people are losing hope, and they’re also worn out, tired of 'fighting the good fight.'"

Locally, Lindberg is also a leader of the New Hampshire Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team, which addresses in-state issues, from stress to suicide.

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH