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This is the first installment in our series on mental health in the newsroom. Here are the secondthirdfourth and fifth installments.

When Hurricane Katrina swirled onto the Louisiana shore and residents of New Orleans clogged highways to flee, John McCusker stayed behind.

A photographer for The Times-Picayune for more than two decades, McCusker paddled through the city’s muddy waters in a kayak, day after day, documenting the destruction. Like many of the city’s residents, he had lost his home and all of his possessions. His family had relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, five hours away.