By Ashley Laderer
While talking about mental health, therapy, and mental illness is still relatively taboo, there are some incredible trailblazers out there who are helping to break the stigma. The more we speak up about these topics, the less taboo they become. What better way to openly talk about mental health to a large audience than through a podcast?
Here are 11 examples of mental health-related podcasts that are informative and entertaining!
Mental illness is no laughing matter, but sometimes we need to take a step back from our problems and be able to have a good sense of humor about them. So if you’re already at that point, or trying to reach it, check this one out! It features actors and comedians who struggle with depression — and still find time to laugh.
I haaate when people ask, “How are you?” and don’t really care about the response. Such is small talk. I always feel like I’m obligated to say “Good, thanks,” even though what I really want to say is the title of this podcast: “Terrible, thanks for asking!” Host Nora McInerny urges listeners to be honest and unashamed of their struggles. I’m on board.
Happiness seems elusive, or at least fleeting, to many (namely, me). Happier Podcast by Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best selling author (who, by the way, has been interviewed by Oprah so you know she’s the real deal) strives to make your life a little bit happier, in simple and realistic steps. Go on, try it out!
This is the podcast for you if you’re looking to try out meditation for its wide variety of mental health benefits but don’t know where to start…or don’t have the time! Most episodes are right around 10 minutes long, making meditation doable for even the busiest of bees.
Mental illness and happy hour aren’t exactly two things you’d normally associate with each other, but this podcast makes it work. It’s full of real talk about a wide array of topics, from trauma, to addiction, to psychosis. Oh, and it’s hosted by comedian Paul Gilmartin.
I mean, who doesn’t need some hardcore self help once in a while? This one’s hosted by Robert Duff, Ph.D. who answers listeners mental health questions “WITHOUT psychobabble BS.” He aims to talk to listeners as if he was talking to friends, not just a bunch of internet strangers. In recent episodes, some topics that’ve been covered are borderline personality disorder, bipolar depression, and perfectionism.
This one not only discusses anxiety and panic attacks, but it also provides some relaxation tools like deep breathing exercises or meditations. It’s both educational and motivational because it will inspire you to take steps outlined by host Kelli Walker, who is a registered nurse and certified health and wellness coach. She’s a former agoraphobe, so she has experience and success with overcoming anxiety herself. If she can do it, so can you!
This podcast sounds like the name of a superhero — and I love it! Sometimes, to conquer anxiety, it does feel like you need super powers. The podcast will give you tools to relax and reduce anxiety. It’s hosted by Ananga Sivyer and Shann Vander Leek who are authors and anxiety coaches — not to mention, award winning podcasters.
The OCD Stories podcast is hosted by Stuart Ralph, who interviews both OCD sufferers and mental health professionals who specialize in OCD. By chatting with folks who are actively overcoming OCD, Ralph inspires others to face their battles head-on and become OCD warriors themselves.
This podcast is brand new, and brings a unique perspective. The host is Jen Gotch, founder and Chief Creative Officer of fashion brand Ban.do. She’s been known to candidly speak about her struggles with anxiety and depression on Instagram — going so far as to post videos of herself having anxiety attacks. Her podcast is an extension of this, and her goal is to make listeners know they aren’t alone.
We all know that in life the smallest thing can have the biggest effect. The same goes for tiny changes we can make in our life that have a big impact on our wellbeing. The Tiny Leaps, Big Changes podcast provides listeners with simple action items that can be implemented to up their wellness game.
Whenever there’s a chance to add to the mental health discussion, and eliminate stigma around mental health issues, Talkspace is all about it!
Here are some podcast episodes that recently featured Talkspace or one of our therapist partners:
Go on and get listening! You might find yourself inspired and on a path to bettering yourself…and who knows, maybe one day you’ll start your own mental health podcast.
Originally published at www.talkspace.com