Fearne Cotton has managed to round up a fantastic array of guests for her podcast series about mental health including Dawn French, Stephen Fry, author Matt Haig and Olympic diver Tom Daley.
The tone of the podcast is sometimes light-hearted and often moving as the celebrities open up about mental health issues they’ve faced.
The tagline of this podcast from The Telegraph is “It’s totally normal to feel weird” and that’s exactly what Bryony Gordon aims to do in each episode. Her guests include writers, actors, chefs and TV personalities from Gizzi Erskine to Spice Girl Mel C.
She even managed to bag a royal guest in the form of Prince Harry in 2017 – you can listen to the episode here.
Hosted by Ellen Scott and Yvette Caster, from metro.co.uk, Mentally Yours chats to all sorts of guests about their own struggles and discusses “all the weird stuff going on in our minds.”
With mental health as an ongoing theme, the pair talk with no stigma about everything from mental health in fiction to planning a wedding with anxiety and the stress of money, with guests sharing plenty of personal experiences and tips along the way. Listen here.
Take better care of your body and mind with Dr Rangan Chatterjee in this eclectic podcast which covers everything from anxiety to gut health.
In this podcast, we hear stories from leading health experts who offer practical and straightforward advice. Well worth a listen.
“A show about clinical depression…with laughs? Well, yeah,” reads this podcast’s description. It may seem like a slightly odd concept but lots of us have suffered with the isolating condition and it doesn’t mean always being down, so neither should a podcast about the topic.
Host John Moe is joined by comedians who have experienced depression themselves for insightful conversations with a few laughs thrown in. It is well worth your time if you’re suffering or just want to learn a little more about the world of depression.
Everyone goes to a darker place at some point, but that can be a difficult thing to acknowledge. The Dark Place podcast, hosted by Joel Kutz, aims to break the silence by talking to ordinary people about times in life when they’ve felt low. Expect stories about depression, anxiety, trauma and mental illness.
Joel says the concept is simple, “It’s just an open, non-judgemental space that hopes to show that if you’re struggling, you’re not alone.”
Inspirational lady and ban.do founder Jen Gotch started this honest podcast to talk about her fears, pain and triumphs – hoping to help listeners become more self aware, build their emotional intelligence and, more than anything, feel less alone.
Her approach is spot on. As one listener says, this really is the “most helpful, heartfelt and humorous podcast hosted by the most down-to-earth, wise and hardworking gal. What a treat to listen to, learn from, and laugh with her each week!”
Sometimes when someone asks, “How are you?” the only honest answer is “Terrible, thanks for asking.” In this podcast, hosted by Nora McInerney, we are encouraged to stop brushing off this question with answers like, “Fine”, and instead be honest with ourselves and others about our feelings.
Regular listeners know this is a winning combination. One reviewer explains, “The topics are handled wonderfully and sensitively, and despite the painful topics there is no feeling of it being a misery fest, in fact at times I find myself smiling, laughing and cheering.”
As the name suggests, The Griefcast presented by Cariad Lloyd covers bereavement and the grieving process, but all of the guests are comedians.
Bereavement is a subject that we often shy away from because it can make people feel uncomfortable, so it’s refreshing to hear grief talked about so openly.
As one reviewer says, it is “the perfect combination of funny and sad”.
Explore the vast potential of the human mind, as well as its limits, in this BBC Four podcast. The podcast takes quite a scientific approach but also offers a lot of information and advice.
Topics range from the effects of antidepressant withdrawal to dementia, sleep paralysis and more. Their short series on ‘How To Be Less Lonely’, drawing on the results of a massive study into the topic, is particularly useful.
Listen to Oprah’s interviews with thought-leaders, authors and spiritual figures from around the world in this relaxing podcast which tackles life’s big questions.
Episodes include Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh talking about how to live with compassion, a mother who lost her children in a house fire talking about how she found the strength to live in the aftermath, and author Tim Storey explains how you can turn a setback into a comeback.
Gregg Clunis says that personal development is all about taking tiny leaps which add up to big change in life. In this podcast, he shares simple strategies we can implement into our lives to start moving the needle towards our biggest goals.
Mental health isn’t at the core of this podcast, but Gregg’s philosophy is all about understanding the factors that cause and affect change across all of life – with his help and inspiration, it becomes much simpler to make small changes and, more importantly, see where they might lead.
This is a podcast for everyone who suffers from stress and anxiety to any degree. Host Kelli Walker is a registered nurse and each episode includes helpful advice for managing anxiety with practical tips and guidance.
You’ll also develop a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it can take hold.
“The Nod” pitches itself as a podcast that shares the stories and experiences of African Americans that “don’t get told anywhere else.” Topics range from lighthearted histories of hip-hop trends to the emotional impact of famous writers like Toni Morrison on generations of young black writers and professionals. Hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings regularly have emotional, vulnerable conversations to show that it’s OK to struggle with the conflicts of being who you want to be versus who society expects you to be.
Founded by clinical psychologist Joy Harden Bradford, “Therapy for Black Girls” offers mental health resources and advice for both personal and professional development for African American women and beyond.
Bradford also helps demystify therapy itself and the stigma surrounding it with her doctorate-level background in counseling psychology from the University of Georgia. Bradford’s podcast is a great choice if you’re looking for advice or insight from a professional, or are fascinated by the science of the mind.
His show tackles big political and cultural issues facing women, minorities, and the LGBT community in general. Hosts Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi put these sometimes esoteric but crucial conversations firmly in the spotlight.
Their aim is to leave no doubts that these issues can affect you mentally, emotionally, and personally in toxic ways. Erin and Bryan strike a delicate balance between the political and the personal by making it feel OK to think of yourself as part of a bigger movement while also affirming that your thoughts and feelings matter. Oh yeah, and they’ll keep you laughing along the way.
Educating yourself about the Bible? Feeling obligated to be at church multiple times a week? Just trying to live a life based strongly in your values? Observing a Christian lifestyle can be taxing on your mind and body. Hosts Nora and Natalie started this podcast to let you know it’s OK to not be a “perfect” Christian and to talk openly about challenges in balancing what you need with what your Christian faith asks of you.
So many of us have dealt with mental and emotional trauma in our lives. Yet so few of us feel comfortable or even safe talking about it out loud.
Host Paul Gilmartin hopes to change this with his lauded podcast, “Mental Illness Happy Hour.” Gilmartin interviews a variety of noted figures and celebrities about their experiences with mental illness or trauma.
Gilmartin’s interviews run the gamut from tackling the link between sexual assault and PTSD with successful attorneys to uncovering how being raised by a parent with alcohol addiction can affect you in many invisible ways.
Comedian Marc Maron is well known for interviewing some of the world’s most famous people in his tiny garage near Los Angeles.
Doesn’t seem like a premise ripe for discussions about mental health. But Maron is surprisingly candid about the anxieties and traumas of his upbringing and the emotional turmoil that many of his noted guests have experienced.
These unexpected but refreshingly vulnerable discussions about mental health often pop up in memorable interviews with figures ranging from former U.S. President Barack Obama to actor Kristen Bell.
Talking about race, gender, ethnicity, identity, and many complex topics common in the 21st century can be exhausting and scary. It can be much harder if you don’t think you have any allies.
“Code Switch” from National Public Radio (NPR) wants to be an ally. This show covers topics from the legacy of lynchings of African Americans in modern American life to covert forms of anti-Semitism in popular culture.
And it’s hosted by a slew of journalists from diverse backgrounds who know exactly what it’s like to need an ally.
This show can help you better understand how society itself can be your mental health’s worst enemy — and how that understanding can help you feel stronger in resisting it.
Happiness can seem unattainable sometimes. This is especially true when the things you work hard to earn don’t bring the happiness you expect.
That’s where Dr. Laurie Santos of Yale University thinks she can help.
Dr. Santos hopes to show you that your own happiness is in your control in even the smallest ways using findings from cutting-edge scientific research on the link between human behavior and emotions.
It’s no accident that Dr. Santos’ course “Psychology and the Good Life” is one of Yale’s most popular. Her main ambition is to help make you a little bit happier by teaching you to take ownership of how your mind works, and how your behavior can be your first line of defense against negativity.
As you can guess from the name of the podcast, co-hosts Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean talk about the things that make us cry. They interview creative guests — like musicians, writers and actors — and have intimate and moving discussions about what makes them weep.
Co-hosts Yvette Caster and Ellen Scott of Metro.co.uk talk to a mystery guest each week about the weird thoughts in our minds. Caster started suffering from depression in her teens and had her first manic episode at 18, which led to a diagnosis for bipolar disorder. Scott has dealt with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and obsessive thoughts.
Best friends and co-hosts Katharine Heller and Sally Tamarkin offer candid advice to listener-submitted questions about family, friends, work, mental health and literally everything else. No topic is off-limits. Heller and Tamarkin have spent a lot of time in therapy, and they endorse it whole-heartedly.
Hosts Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu give listeners a lot of themselves in “Another Round.” Sometimes, you feel their joy, and it lifts you up: Clayton’s laugh is contagious, and they have a genuine love for each other as friends. Other times, you hear them talk about their struggles, and you appreciate that they’re sharing personal moments of anguish. In conversation with each other and guests, they frequently talk about anxiety, depression and the tough aspects of going to therapy. At the end of the podcast, they remind listeners: “Drink some water, take your meds and call your person.”
Host Laura Miller is a cookbook author and the mastermind behind YouTube’s “Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.” Miller has dealt with various mental health issues for more than 20 years, and she discovered she was pregnant while dealing with depression. She realized the resources for mothers with depression were slim, so she started a podcast to talk to brave, interesting people about what “the voices in their heads are like.”
Kaitlin Prest is the host of “The Heart,” an audio art project about intimacy and humanity. I am willing to bet this podcast is unlike anything you’ve ever heard. It’s so beautifully and thoughtfully produced, and it truly is a work of art. It’s divided into “seasons” that feature a handful of episodes about various topics such as masculinity and femininity, feelings and love and an exploration of Prest’s sexual boundaries from youth to adulthood. The newest mini-season is titled, “Bodies." She talks about vaginas and painful sex. It’s a must-listen.
This podcast from Public Radio Exchange (PRX) advertises itself as a bedtime story that gets more boring as it goes along.
Narrator Drew Ackerman, who goes by the title “Dearest Scooter,” relates a variety of tedious subjects in a monotonous and detailed narrative style that’s purposely designed to cause your mind to wander from the actual subject matter of his tale and drowse off.
Many episodes are about 60 to 90 minutes each. This is plenty of time to slowly but surely tune out.
White noise is one of the most common aural sleep aids used by people who can’t sleep.
This podcast collects 30- to 60-minute clips of many relaxing and comforting sounds, from heavy thunderstorms and crackling campfires to household noises, like keyboards clacking and dishes clanking.
It also invites its listeners to share their favorite sleep sounds and have them featured on an episode. So, even though this podcast is relatively new and doesn’t have too many episodes as of this article’s publication, there’s tons of imaginative potential for future episodes.
There’s even an episode called “Captain’s Cabin,” which envisions what it might sound like to kick back inside a pirate ship out on calm seas.
Radiolab is a renowned public radio show that originated at WNYC Studios. It covers an incredibly wide range of human interest stories.
Leading you through each episode are hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich. Their chemistry compels their deep dives into diverse topics, all with a childlike curiosity guided by a stated investment in seeking the truth at the heart of befuddling or controversial stories.
Jad and Robert talk with numerous experts throughout each episode. Episodes all follow a similar and predictable format that can be calming and reassuring.