May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and advocates and organizations are raising awareness around the importance of expanding access to mental health services, particularly in the current crisis.

Since the onset of the COVID crisis, the gender gap in mental health has grown by 66 percent, accounting almost entirely for the national rise of mental illness. Experts attribute this gap to many factors including increased care responsibilities and domestic work that are falling primarily to women; women’s higher likelihood to lose, leave, or scale back their current jobs; and women comprising the majority of essential workers and breadwinners.  

This Take Action Tuesday, take action to ensure that lawmakers understand the mental health gender gap and prioritize women’s access to mental health services. 

How are you taking action during Mental Health Awareness Month? Let us know at