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The Role of Therapy: Mental Health Issues Are Prevalent, Especially Due to the Pandemic; We Hear About Ways to Cope


As the pandemic lingers on—causing "collective trauma" brought on by fear, uncertainty and isolation—more people are turning to therapy. At the same time, the stigma of seeking help for mental health issues has lessened, especially with high-profile athletes and celebrities speaking out about their challenges. Our mental health experts will talk about the role of therapy, address some of the most common mental health issues people are experiencing right now, and give us suggestions for coping.

Kristie Worster, social worker; clinical director of Portland office, Maine Behavioral Health Care
Dr. Jessica Pollard, director, Office of Behavioral Health, Maine Department of Health & Human Services

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Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.