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6 Mental Health Podcasts That Actually Understand You
Whether you suffer from addiction, depression, or everyday stress, these podcasts are here to support your day-to-day life.
By Brianna Majsiak
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More than 40 million Americans live with a mental health condition — that’s more than the populations of New York and Florida combined. Additionally, one in five adults have a mental health condition and one in 17 live with a serious condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
While mental illness is prevalent, talking about it is still relatively taboo. But one way to break the stigma surrounding mental health is to start a conversation — and what better way to do so than through podcasts? With the rise of audio as a popular medium for sharing information, podcasts that discuss psychology and mental health have garnered widespread audiences.
“[Listening to a podcast] is a way of gaining greater awareness and validation for whatever you’re struggling with psychologically and emotionally in terms of a mental health issue,” says Paula Kliger, PhD, a clinical psychologist and the founder of PsychAssets.
Dr. Kliger believes that because you can listen to podcasts on your own, they help create a safe space for self-acceptance and awareness. She says the personal storytelling within podcasts is a powerful tool when dealing with mental health because it allows the listener to identify with another person.
“A podcast or adding a podcast along with mindfulness work really gets the person to focus over time on developing a recovery practice,” explains Kliger. “If you are really serious about your mental health problems and you choose a podcast — it is a sign of you wanting to find a way to commit yourself to being well.”
Although podcasts aren’t a substitute for medical counseling, they can be used as a cathartic method of self-help and discovery. Here are eight podcasts that cover the full spectrum of mental health, including stories about living with various conditions and how to practice self-care.
Mental Illness Happy Hour
Providing comedic relief in hour-long, relatable episodes, this weekly podcast is as clever as its name. Hosted by the comedian Paul Gilmartin, The Mental Illness Happy Hourfocuses on how normal, as in not unusual, depression, addictions, negative thinking, fears, and childhood traumas really are. Gilmartin interviews fellow artists, friends, and the occasional doctor — while also opening up about his own traumas and how he finds help. The show’s website serves as a communal space for anyone who resonates with the podcast, and helps spread its mission to provide “a place for honesty about all of the battles in our heads.”
Notable episode:“Why Am I a Mess? My Parents Loved Me — Amanda Bloom”
Amanda Bloom is a 30-year-old freelance journalist and has struggled with bad relationships, eating disorders, panic attacks, body dysmorphia, depression, and intense fears of feeling excluded, although she can’t point to a cause. Gilmartin and Bloom talk triggers, medication, codependency, and finding your voice.
You can find the “Why Am I a Mess? My Parents Loved Me — Amanda Bloom” episode of ‘Mental Illness Happy Hour’ on .
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The Anxiety Slayer
Every Thursday, anxiety coaches Shann Vander Leek and Ananga Sivyer are here to help you battle your anxious demons. Since it’s genesis in 2009,The Anxiety Slayerhas recorded hundreds of episodes, is just shy of 5 million downloads, and helps anyone suffering from panic attacks to simple everyday stress. To do this, Leek and Sivyer dive into conversations, hold meditations, and share techniques to help you ease your mind and achieve balance. Just check out their self-help anxiety blog posts on their website.
Notable episode:“Does Your Anxiety Have a Message for You?”
According to Leek and Sivyer, when dealing with anxiety, we have a tendency to do one of two things: 1) push it away, or 2) push through it. Both methods of coping fail to directly address our anxiety. In this 13-minute episode, Leek and Sivyer search for ways to find meaning in nervousness, which helps us understand it better.
You can find the “Does Your Anxiety Have a Message for You” episode of ‘The Anxiety Slayer’on .
Jen Gotch Is OK ... Sometimes
Only several months old,Jen Gotch Is OK … Sometimesis a podcast by Ban.do founder and mental health advocate, Jen Gotch. Hosted by , the podcast covers concepts like dealing with stress at work, accepting self-doubt, and how to build a business from the ground up. As someone who has suffered with mental illness for most of her life, Gotch first gained notoriety for candidly sharing her battle with anxiety and depression on her Instagram account. Listen every Tuesday as Gotch shares her fears and triumphs in the hopes of helping others find strength in vulnerability.
Notable episode:“The MYTH of Perfection”
Gotch comes to terms with how much of her anxiety comes from unrealistic expectations of perfection. According to Gotch, “no one’s expecting perfection” and it is not a real thing that can be achieved. She talks through her tips for avoiding feelings of imperfection and fighting off feelings of being less than.
You can find “The MYTH of Perfection” episode of ‘Jen Gotch is Ok … Sometimes’ on .
Mentally Yoursis Metro.co.uk’s weekly podcast where hosts Yvette Caster and Ellen Scott talk honestly about all things mental health. They explore the role of the UK government in dealing with mental health, issues with race, postnatal depression, stress, grief, and money. Listen every Sunday asMentally Yoursbrings new meaning to self-care Sunday and encourages you to focus on your own mental wellbeing.
Notable episode:“Actually Asking for Help”
Yvette interviews Jake Mills, founder of the nonprofit Chasing the Stigma and the app, Hub of Hope, about how he’s using technology to offer support to those struggling with mental illness. Mills talks about his suicide attempt, men’s mental health, and how the UK can break down the walls that refrain us from asking for help.
You can find the “Actually Asking for Help” episode of ‘Mentally Yours’ on.
The Hilarious World of Depression
While hilarity and depression might not seem to go hand in hand, it’s how longtime comedian and public radio host, John Moe, navigates clinical depression. He talks to comedians, entertainers and listeners about mental health and how we can find humor through our common experiences. Produced by American Public Media and in partnership with the Make it OK campaign,The Hilarious World of Depressionis committed to ending the vicious cycle of solitude and stigma surrounding mental health.
Notable episode:“Imposter Syndrome: True Tales, Tricks, and Tactics for When You’re Feeling Fraudulent”
Moe peels back the layers of imposter syndrome and how deeply it can affect people struggling with depression. Dr. Valerie Young joins the episode to talk about who imposter syndrome effects and what you can do about it. Listeners also share their struggles with feeling like a fraud and tactful ways to treat it.
You can find the “Imposter Syndrome: True Tales, Tricks, and Tactics for When You’re Feeling Fraudulent” episode of ‘The Hilarious World of Depression’ on .
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