Rep. Danielle Friel Otten

Rep. Christina Sappey

Rep. Leanna Kruger

Rep. Gina Curry

Rep. Kristine C. Howard

Rep. Mary Isaacson

Rep. Regina Young

Rep. Roni Green

Rep. Morgan B. Cephas

Rep. Darisha Parker

Rep. Melissa Shusterman

Rep. Carol Kazeem

Rep. Heather Boyd

Rep. Jennifer O'Mara

Rep. Lisa Borowski

Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler

Rep. Tara Probst

Rep. Joanna E. McClinton

Rep. Donna Bullock


Every May we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to learn, act and advocate for mental wellbeing. 

In a constantly changing world that can feel overwhelming at times, no one is immune from feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, and stress. And everyone can benefit from compassion, kindness, and honest conversations about mental wellbeing.

Mental wellbeing means making time for self-care. It means it’s ok to tell someone that you’re not ok. And that taking care to your mental health is as important as taking care of your physical health.

The modern world can be especially challenging for women with more stressors than even a generation ago - like building a career, running a household as costs go up, raising a family while caring for aging parents, and living up to unrealistic standards in social and mass media. America Ferrera's character in the Barbie movie put it best, “It is literally impossible to be a woman... Like, we have to always be extraordinary, but somehow, we're always doing it wrong.”

It’s a lot to manage, and too often what’s sacrificed is self-care.

As a result, nearly one in six American women face a mental health challenge each year. 

This year for Women’s Mental Health Week, as an act of solidarity with people across Pennsylvania, the House Democratic Caucus’s 37 women wrote messages to their younger selves with a lesson they wished they’d known growing up. Many of those messages are filled with encouragement, reassurance, resilience, faith, strength, confidence, and self-care.

Beyond modeling the value of self-care and power of vulnerability, our members are standing up for equal pay, family leave, better childcare, and a safer world for every woman and her family – no matter what they look like or who they love.

Rep. Emily Kinkead

Rep. La'Tasha D. Mayes

Rep. Abigail Salisbury

Rep. Anita Astorino Kulik

Rep. Carol Hill-Evans

Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski

Rep. Johanny Cepeda-Freytiz

Rep. Tina Davis

Rep. Melissa Cerrato

Rep. Lindsay Powell

Rep. Mandy Steele

Rep. Jessica Benham

Rep. Liz Hanbidge

Rep. Patty Kim

Rep. Maureen E. Madden

Rep. Jeanne McNeill

Rep. Mary Jo Daley

Rep. Nancy Guenst