Remoteness and spotty Internet service hinder mental health care in Aroostook
Remoteness and spotty Internet service hinder mental health care in Aroostook

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the Maine Crisis Hotline at 888-568-1112.

When Michael McCormick of Caribou sought medical help for bipolar disorder, he didn’t think he’d have to travel 275 miles to find it.

Remote Aroostook County lacks enough providers, so there are long waits for treatment. McCormick was placed on waiting lists, but to no avail. Discouraged, he visited his doctor, who helped him with medication and arranged for successful treatment, but had to travel to Northern Light Acadia Hospital in Bangor.

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