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Started in 1949 by Mental Health America and observed every May, Mental Health Awareness Month is meant to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illness, including conditions like depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

This year’s theme is “Where to Start.”

In a world that’s constantly changing, it can be overwhelming to deal with everything going on around you and to know “Where to Start” when it comes to taking care of your own well-being. Mental Health America is offering help with “Where to Start” on its website.

Here in the Keystone State, Pennsylvania Senate Democrats are raising awareness about the many resources, helplines, and programs available in the commonwealth for those struggling with mental health. Whether issues stem from depression, cultural trauma, PTSD, changes due to COVID-19, LGBTQ+ experiences, substance use disorder, or other addictions and illnesses, there are advocates and professionals that are a phone call or click away.

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Mental Health in America

1 in 6

adolescents experienced a major depressive episode in 2020

1 in 5

adults experienced mental illness in 2020

1 in 3

young adults experienced mental illness in 2020


of adults with mental illness did not receive treatment in 2020

The average delay between symptom onset & treatment for mental illness is

11 years

Suicide is the


leading cause of death among

10-34 year-olds

Maternal Mental Health

May is also recognized as Maternal Mental Health month, a time to increase awareness about mental health and the well-being of mothers during pregnancy and the time period shortly after giving birth.

In Pennsylvania, the Women’s Health Caucus (WHC) has been advocating for the development and implementation of legislation and social policy that protects and respects women’s health, including mental health and wellness.

Thanks to the 2022 postpartum Medicaid expansion, PA mothers have access to vital medical care like screening and treatment for chronic conditions, mental health services, breastfeeding support, preventative care, substance use disorder treatment, and access to family planning services for a full year postpartum.

Supporting legislation, policy changes, and investments in maternal mental health is a top concern of the WHC and Pennsylvania Senate Democrats. We will continue to fight for quality care that takes into account the whole health experience of women and motherhood.

Did You Know

One in seven women experience significant symptoms of depression or anxiety during their pregnancy or in the year following delivery


Recursos adicionales y promoción

Crisis Text Line: Get 24/7 help from the Crisis Text Line. Text PA to 741741 to start the conversation.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you or someone you care about is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call the Lifeline at 800-273-8255. [Español: 888-628-9454.]

PA Crisis Hotlines: Find a crisis line in your county. Reaching out for help is the right thing to do. You are not alone.

Find Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol website.

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