Take care of yo’self. Seriously. Mental health is important year-round, and Podsauce is highlighting Mental Health Awareness Month with some health and wellness podcasts. Since 1949, May is dedicated to educating the public, lending support, ending stigmas, and informing everyone that mental health is something everyone should care about.
There are a variety of self-help podcasts available as resources if you would like to learn more about the science behind your brain, body, and behavior. We’ve rounded up some podcasts offering tools, advice, science-based research, and more.
There are some psychology podcasts, a mindfulness series, and a show that, true to its title, can help “Unf*ck Your Brain.” Many of these mental health podcasts are created by doctors, experts, scientists, and mental health professionals.
Therapy for Black Girls
Hosted by psychologist Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, “Therapy for Black Girls” has offered actionable advice for listeners since 2017 in over 250 episodes. Tune in for conversations with doctors and experts on topics like anxiety, career growth, cannabis misconceptions, art’s impact on mental health, body image, transracial adoptions, gender, and phobias – just to name a few topics.
More Than A Feeling
“More Than A Feeling” is a new podcast from Wondery exploring emotions. Journalist/writer/director Saleem Reshamwala is joined by guests and experts to shares stories and insight on the human condition. They’ll examine questions such as: Why do we have emotions? Can we choose which emotions to listen to and which ones to just let slide away? How much attention should we give to our emotions? Hear from neuroscientists, historians, philosophers, and more. Saleem will also talk to a bunch of folks like musicians, therapists, hairdressers, and airplane pilots to learn how they work with their emotions.
The Psychology Podcast
Scott Barry Kaufman presents “The Psychology Podcast,” an informative series about the brain, science, behavior, and creativity. Each episode, Scott is joined by a guest to provide insight on how your mind works. Recent episodes explored self-compassion, human nature, cognitive bias, “The Art and Science of Cultivating Culture,” positive psychology, and the correlation of mindfulness and emotional intelligence.
From Lemonada Media, “Burnout” is a podcast looking into how we all reached our burning point. Connor Franta hosts this podcast that explores what burnout is, how it affects both our minds and bodies, and the not-so-simple solutions to this systemic issue.
Making Space with Hoda Kotb
TODAY’s Hoda Kotb hosts this empowering and uplifting weekly podcast “Making Space with Hoda Kotb.” Every week, she interviews inspiring guests about overcoming hardship and loss in their lives. With guests like Viola Davis, Rita Moreno, cancer-survivor Suleika Jaouad and her partner Jon Batiste, this podcast is all about resilience, finding inner strength, and knowing when to make space.
Nobody knows the brain better than neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta. And nobody knows better than Dr. Gupta that we don’t actually know the brain all that well. On his podcast “Chasing Life,” he works to demystify this organ be explaining how it impacts our physical and mental health, debunking self-care myths, and giving us tangible advice on keeping our brains as healthy as can be.
Friends with Mental Health Benefits
Co-founders of the Shine app, a mental wellness app, Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi host their podcast “Friends with Mental Health Benefits.” They speak with other workplace leaders and founders about their untold mental health stories, sharing how they navigated their own wellbeing along with the wellbeing of their teams.
Unf*ck Your Brain
Kara Loewentheil’s “Unf*ck Your Brain” wants to help listeners achieve their goals, overcome self-doubt, and manage anxiety. Kara is a former social justice lawyer and legal academic-turned-life-coach who shares tools to help cope with uncertainty, reduce self-criticism, and set goals. She helps listeners understand how evolution shapes the human brain. Kara wants to empower women and explore what living under a patriarchy does to your brain. By sharing tools on how to change your thought patterns, she loves taking an analytical approach. Episodes are updated weekly.
Dr. Nicole LePera and Jenna Weakland create the podcast, “SelfHealers Soundboard.” Jenna Weakland co-created The SelfHealer Circle. Many of the concepts discussed in the podcast appear in Dr. Nicole’s book, How to Do the Work, and her online presence, The Holistic Psychologist. Listeners will hear how to identify behavioral and mental patterns and learn tools to address them. You’ll also learn about self-healing from your past. Topics covered include meeting your inner child, boundaries, codependency, and trauma bonds, just to name a handful. The hosts share tips on how to cultivate healthy relationships without abandoning your needs. Episodes are updated on a weekly basis.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
Former monk and current lifestyle coach Jay Shetty is sharing wisdom with guests on his podcast since 2019. Tune in to hear about topics like self-care with Miranda Kerr, breaking negative patterns with Tony Robbins, positivity with Olivia Culpo, and finding balance in relationships with Big Sean. Past guests have included Kobe Bryant, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, and Jane Goodall. He has also spoken with podcasters like Esther Perel, Maya Shankar, and Dr. Andrew Huberman.
The Chalene Show
Hosted by New York Times bestselling author Chalene Johnson, the podcast shares self-help tips on wellness, productivity, organization, relationships, diet, and more. Chalene recently devoted an episode on what to do if you feel distant from your partner. She explores tools and advice on happiness, health, and personal development. On Fridays, Chalene features “Lifer Updates” about her personal experiences. She hopes listeners can learn from her experiences, sharing dicey stories such as her plastic surgery nightmare. New episodes are available twice a week.
Cleaning Up the Mental Mess with Dr. Caroline Leaf
“Cleaning Up the Mental Mess with Dr. Caroline Leaf” is a weekly podcast. Dr. Leaf is a neurosurgeon and author. Episodes provide science-based research and tips to teach you more about how your mind works. Recent episodes discussed how to balance your brainwaves, heal from painful memories, how the mind impacts nutrition, and unexpected signs of mental fatigue. Dr. Leaf unpacked how the brain and body process trauma and the power of healing through learning.
The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych
Robert Duff, PhD presents “The Hardcore Self Help Podcast with Duff the Psych.” Duff dives into listeners’ questions to inform each episode. He’ll tackle topics like anxiety, relationships, sex, just to name a few. Duff unpacks how to address self-harm as an adult. He shares tips to cope with depression. Earlier this summer Duff explained conservatorships. In many episodes, Duff answers listeners’ questions like, “Why am I attracted to my doctor?”and how can you deal with jealousy in relationships.
Muse Meditation Studio’s podcast shares stories from people who use mindfulness and meditation. A variety of guests appear on the show such as authors, business professionals, psychologists, storytellers, nutritionists, and neuroscientists. Episode topics range from sharing Buddhist strategies to manage anxiety to retraining your brain. You’ll also hear about pain management through meditation, how legal psychedelics can work with the brain in therapy, and how to get the ironclad mindset of a Navy Seal. Tune in weekly for new episodes.
David Burns, MD created “Feeling Good” as a companion to his book Feeling Good, The New Mood Therapy. He shares cognitive-based therapy tools to be happier, stabilize depression, manage anxiety, and boost self-esteem. Past episodes explored public speaking anxiety based on a live therapy workshop David hosted with Dr. Jill Levitt. They spoke with their “patient,” forensic and clinical psychologist Michelle Wharton. Michelle contacted David to volunteer for the workshop because she wanted help with social anxiety and perfectionism. She goes through her Daily Mood Log, and listeners will hear Michelle’s session and what she learns from this. Other episodes unpacked “Sadness as Celebration,” childhood trauma, and the role of hope. To learn more, tune in for weekly episodes.