Let’s talk about it: 10 podcasts to listen to this World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is upon us once again, but this isn’t the only time of the year we should be openly talking about mental health. We found a whole slew of podcasts having conversations about and destigmatizing mental health. While there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to battling with mental health and mental illnesses, more and more resources are becoming available as more and more people talk about their personal struggles and successes.
Funny, poignant, and hopefully helpful, these podcasts are here to make all of us feel a little less alone. We have podcasts diving into the complexities of sobriety, suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety and more. Hear from doctors and teenagers, writers and comedians on these mental health podcasts.
This Changes Everything
TikTok therapist Jeff Guenther, LPC (@TherapyJeff) and MTV Challenge star Sarah Rice, AMFT, offer advice, self-help tips, and more on “This Changes Everything.” The co-hosts also share from their personal experiences when covering mental health, relationships, happiness, sex, family, and more.
Checking in with Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams and her friends share their mental health journeys, experiences with depression, anxiety, and more on “Checking In.” In these celebrity interviews, you will hear skills to manage mental health challenges and coping techniques to boost your emotional well-being.
Whine Down with Jana Kramer
Grab a glass of wine (or your favorite beverage) and chill with Jana Kramer on her weekly series. Along with special guests like Teresa Guidice, tune in for personal stories and advice from experiences as a mother, actor, singer, and more.
“Brobriety” is hosted by two suburban guys who are trying to create and destigmatize the conversations of mental health for men in an effort to combat toxic masculinity around the subject. They talk about their own experiences with sobriety, having vulnerable conversations around the reliance on drugs and alcohol, how the psyche is affected by addiction, and more. They have guests on to talk about topics like depression, relationships and building better men.
No Feeling Is Final
TW: this podcast is heavily about suicide. In “No Feeling Is Final,” a personal journal podcast, Honor Eastly has been there and back, with years of phone recordings and diary entries about her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. “No Feeling Is Final” is a podcast for anyone looking to understand themselves and others, and why asking for help is just not that simple. Poignant, dark (but not graphic), and funny, this podcast is Honor’s story about fighting some really big feelings and figuring out why we should stay alive.
The Hilarious World of Depression
Speaking of dark humor, “The Hilarious World of Depression” is a series featuring frank but funny conversations with comedians who have dealt with clinical depression. John Moe hosts this American Public Radio podcast who is done with depression’s vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. So he and his guests are gaining some insight, having a few laughs, and realizing that people with depression are not alone.
We don’t think anybody is denying that teenagers have it hard. And that being a teenager was hard. Ugh, it was so hard. So, that’s where “Teenager Therapy” comes in: it’s five teens talking about the struggles they are facing through high school and showing us that we weren’t alone then, and we aren’t alone now. From influencer culture, to being a first generation student, to learning with ADHD, to transitioning to adulthood, it’s perfect for teenagers, parents, and anyone who feels like their still dealing with their teenage years.
No one is immune to grief and we all have our own ways of handling it. British comedian Cariad Lloyd sits down with writers, actors, podcasters, comedians, anyone really, to give them a chance to talk about the people they’ve lost. “Griefcast” is a thoughtful and different way to talk about loss, conversations that we frankly don’t have often enough. Therapeutic, funny, and celebratory, make sure to tune no matter where you are in your journey with grief.
Self Care IRL
Ty Alexander, wellness blogger and best selling author of Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died, hosts “Self Care IRL” a podcast to inspire people to create better wellness experiences for themselves. From topics like dealing with needy friends, feeling unreasonable guilt, and unpacking your emotional suitcase, “Self Care IRL” is reaching out to help us enjoy ourselves despite what we’re going through.
Mental Illness Happy Hour
Paul Gilmartin is having fascinating conversations about the complexity of mental illness with comedians, artists, doctors and athletes. He talks to former undercover narcotics officers about the intersection of the drug war and mental health, former footballers about head trauma, people with schizophrenic family members and more. Don’t miss “Mental Illness Happy Hour” for complex conversations on mental health we aren’t having.