‘I Was Almost A Statistic’ | Maine First Responders Open Up About Mental Health Struggles

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Mental health conversations rarely happen within the first responder community, a group particularly impacted by the pandemic.

No matter the day or hour, they are ready, never knowing what type of call they will respond to but always ready to help.

A record number of first responders got divorced during the pandemic. South Portland firefighter Liz Pfeffer is one of them. She said the pandemic didn’t cause her divorce but uncovered cracks in her relationship.

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