Podcasts are a great way to learn and stay on top of a variety of topics including everything from news, entertainment, sports, and comedy, to mental health and wellness information. Here we’ve selected a few podcasts on different aspects of mental health that we think are worth a listen.
The Mental Illness Happy Hour – Candid and humorous conversations about mental health. Hosted by Paul Gilmartin, former host of TBS’s Dinner and a Movie. Guest hosts include comedians and mental health professionals.
Anxiety Slayer – Hosted by Shann Vander Leek & Ananga Sivyer. This podcast is focused on meditation and relaxation-type activities such as breathing tools and self-affirmations.
The Dark Place – Hosted by Joel Kutz. Each episode is an open conversation about the guest host’s experiences of struggles with mental health. Joel is a young producer and crisis hotline volunteer who describes that no topic is “too taboo” for The Dark Place.
The Anxiety Guy – Hosted by Dennis Simsek. Dennis is a former professional tennis player and anxiety sufferer who now describes himself as a “happiness machine”. On the podcast he shares his experience with anxiety and tips for other sufferers.
The Hilarious World of Depression – Hosted by John Moe, comedian and former NPR correspondent. This podcast is a series of open and funny conversations about depression between Moe and various guest comedians including Peter Sagal, Andy Richter, and Paul F. Tompkins.
Not Another Anxiety Show – Hosted by Kelli Walker, who is a registered nurse, wellness coach, and previously suffered from agoraphobia. Some episodes are conversations with other experts, while in others Kelli offers information and practical tips about how to manage anxiety.
The Struggle Bus – Hosted by Sally Tamarkin and Katharine Heller. The hosts are quick to assert that they don’t have professional training other than “lots of feelings and opinions”. Listeners write in with questions or concerns and the hosts reply on air with tips and feedback
The One You Feed – Hosted by Eric Zimmer, The One You Feed is a podcast that describes itself as a discussion about habits, meditation, and various mental health topics. Guests on the show include many well-known writers and experts in meditation and psychology such as Sharon Salzberg, Stephen Hayes, and Tara Brach.
The Hardcore Self-Help Podcast – Hosted by Robert Duff, a psychologist in Southern California. Dr. Huff responds to listener questions on topics related to mental health such as anxiety, depression, and relationships. Dr. Huff tries to avoid jargon and be down-to-earth in his show.
ADHD ReWired – Hosted by Licensed Social Worker Eric Tivers, this podcast focuses on ADHD. The podcast shares stories, interviews individuals who have dealt with ADHD, and offers tips for those coping with ADHD to increase their productivity and functioning.
Happier – Hosted by Gretchen Rubin and co-hosted by her sister Elizabeth Craft. Rubin is the author of the book The Happiness Project and the podcast provides tips and tricks to “increase happiness”. These tips are often of the “life-hack” variety and provide listeners ideas on how to improve their quality of life.