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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition, EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Mental health matters. More than ever, access to and the expansion of mental health resources is imperative. Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression, especially postpartum. EMILYs List is proud to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month and express gratitude toward dedicated mental health providers whose support improves the lives of many. We applaud leaders such as Sens. Mazie Hirono, Amy Klobuchar, and Jacky Rosen, as well as Reps. Yadira Caraveo, Brittany Pettersen and Susan Wild who are destigmatizing dialogues surrounding mental health and breaking down barriers to mental health care. At EMILYs List, we are committed to supporting Democratic pro-choice women who are making the change we seek for ourselves.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.