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Northern Michigan officials worry about mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

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Northern Michigan officials are worried about the toll the pandemic has taken on our mental health.

Curt Pannella is the sheriff of Keweenaw County in the Upper Peninsula.

His officers recently responded to a teenager that tried to commit suicide by driving their car into some trees.

Pannella says luckily, they survived, but, 

“This is just one of the latest incidences we’ve seen. It’s becoming more and more prevalent.”

He says many residents in rural communities already felt isolated before the pandemic.

This past year has only made things worse.

Legislation has passed through the state senate that could expand mental health resources.