Don’t want to date me because I have a mental illness? Your loss!

I’ve lived with anxiety and depression along with an eating disorder pretty much as long as I can remember, but understand that that doesn’t define me: I am ME. I have never really felt stigmatised because of this, and I’m very much a ‘take me as I am’ person, at least on the outside. Recently […]

Depression is not simple – it’s more than being ‘sad’

I’ve been suffering from depression for just under four years, and depression has a way of replacing your confidence with pure anxiety and self-hatred. The scariest thing I found about suffering from a mental illness is the effect it has on every aspect of your life; it’s not just what’s inside your head. For me, […]

My family didn’t believe I was struggling with my mental health

For a long while, I’ve been having issues with mental health. I remember asking my mum one day years ago if hearing and seeing things was normal and her response still sticks with me. “You’re too young and don’t know what REAL mental health problems are.” At the time I was incredibly depressed, anxious and […]

Depression is not an emotion – it’s an illness

Ah, mental health stigma surrounding depression. The worst that’s been said to me in the last 9 years of having depression is: “Don’t go and have a Helen moment on me!” “Don’t quit your job. I know your job has been making you feel depressed but you’re being stupid. You haven’t tried hard enough.” “Is […]

Be patient and supportive – you don’t need to understand my depression

I have been fighting depression for more than 10 years. Over a decade of late nights and toxic behavior and having to pretend the next day that nothing is wrong. I never know how to explain depression to someone. It’s so different for everyone and comes in so many different forms. Some people describe their […]

Working together to combat coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, a novel strain of coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, a global health emergency. In the last three weeks, the number of confirmed cases has risen from about 50 in China to nearly 25,000 in 25 countries. Administration officials here in the United States have taken […]

ICYMI: Continued biopharmaceutical action on COVID-19

Updated 3/11/2020 This week, PhRMA and senior executives and researchers from four member companies met with key policy makers on Capitol Hill to discuss the industry’s response to COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel strain of coronavirus. Daniel O’Day of Gilead Sciences, Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H. of Merck & Co., Inc, Paul Stoffels, […]