Top 9 Podcasts About Mental Health
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
I admit to being a podcast addict! They get me through so many mundane chores (mainly the ironing!) Whilst working from home they have given me a sense of not being alone when everyone else is out of the house. Here are some of my favourite mental health related podcasts that you might want to check out. Whether you're struggling with your mental health or trying to support someone who is, listening to a podcast can help you to find support and a sense of community.
Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as they reveal what happiness means to them. I particularly enjoyed her most recent episode with Suranne Jones where Suranne explains how her own experiences with mental health influenced the creation of the character in 'I am Victoria'. (which is definitely worth a watch)
Grief Cast with comedian Cariad Lloyd
Grief Cast won podcast of the year in 2018 and I think that award is so well deserved. What I love about this podcast is that it normalises death and dying, which is how it should be. We shouldn't be grieving behind closed doors or pretending everything is ok when it's not. This is a refreshing approach to talking about loss in an honest and funny way. Cariad interviews other comics about the death of someone they love and we learn that even in the face of tragedy, it is OK to laugh.
Dear Therapists with Lori Gotlieb and Guy Winch.
This fly on the wall podcast features real people with real problems. Listen in as two therapists offer a new perspective and bite-sized actionable advice to each guest. Both therapists are also advice columnists and this certainly comes across in the show. It has more of a life coach than counselling feel to it but it is super interesting and you may just come away with tips that you can try in your own life. As a side note, Lori Gotlieb is the author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone which is a book I would highly recommend.
The Panic Pod with Josh Fletcher
Josh is an author, psychotherapist and previous anxiety sufferer. He offers fantastic insight into anxiety in a way that normalises this natural biological response that many of us experience. It is a deep dive into the many causes of anxiety and offers practical ways that the listener can manage their symptoms. If you are new to the world of anxiety then I am sure you will learn a lot from this podcast.
The Healing Narratives of Suicide Loss - Sue Egan
This is definitely a difficult listen and not for everyone but the life stories of those who have been affected by suicide are truly inspiring. It brings hope and healing and goes a long way to reducing the stigma around suicide. Sue is a psychotherapist who lost her own brother to suicide.
The Trauma Thrivers Podcast - Lou Lebentz
Lous is a trauma survivor and therapist. She interviews trauma experts and survivors to find out how they have overcome their trauma. Full of educational content and useful tips, this podcast will give you a deeper understanding of trauma and it's effects.
The Hilarious World of Depression - John Moe
Who'd have thought that depression and comedy go together but this podcast does just that. John interviews comedians who have experienced depression themselves and the result is both funny and emotional in equal measures. I love the way that John has edited these interviews - you'd need to check it out for yourself to see what I mean. The result is honest, inspiring and often hilarious. It really breaks down the stigma around depression and reassures you that you are not alone.
Mentally Yours - Ellen Scott and Yvette Caster
A weekly podcast featuring talks with people who have lived with mental illness. They include some inspiring stories of hope and healing. To date there are over 200 episodes so plenty to choose from!
All In The Mind - BBC4
A podcast all about the human brain. Each episode covers bite-size topics such as why we multi-task, how we feel pain and why is yawning catching. There are so many different topics to choose from, I always learn something when I listen to this show.
I hope you enjoy checking out these podcasts. If you have any other recommendations please do leave them in the comments below.