Whether you’re suffering with your own mental health or want to understand more and support someone who is, podcasts can be an easy way to make sense of mental health and listen to stories from others experiencing similar issues.
Research has shown that two-thirds of us will experience negative mental health at some stage in our lives. Listening to a podcast can be a great addition to your self-care routine, making it easier to digest psychological terms, understand what you or a loved one is going through and connect with others you can relate to.
Podcasts can provide a great alternative to reading and for those who find it difficult to concentrate on a book, listening to a podcast can be just as informative. They’re also great for those who are (pandemic allowing) constantly on the go as you can multitask as you listen and learn.
Nowadays the issue is there are so many podcasts out there it’s difficult to know where to begin. To get you started on your podcast journey, we’ve pulled together our top 5 best mental health podcasts to listen to, covering topics from self confidence and feelings of failure, to anxiety and bereavement.
1. How to fail by Elizabeth Day
Author and Journalist Elizabeth Day interviews guests to celebrate the things that haven’t gone right in their lives. From topics such as grief, divorce and not graduating from university, Day’s famous guests open up about the the things they have failed at in their lives that have inadvertently contributed to their biggest successes.
Despite conversations around difficult topics, the tone is light hearted and shows the human in everyone. The podcast is hugely inspirational as you realise as a listener that although you may not be where you want to be in life, disappointments and failures can make you stronger, teach valuable lessons and ultimately help you succeed.
Guests range from Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones, Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Alistair Campbell and MP Jess Phillips.
2. Happy Place by Fearne Cotton
Happy Place is radio and TV presenter Fearne Cotton’s podcast where she opens up about her own battle with mental health and interviews experts in different areas of psychology, as well as celebrities and inspirational people who talk about their mental health struggles.
The conversations between Fearne and her guests are honest and relatable about the challenges of mental health and provide helpful takeaways to listeners on how they can make positive changes in their lives.
Guests include a varying mix of well known people, such as Stephen Fry, Ricky Gervais, Alicia Keys and Dawn French.
3. The Griefcast by Cariad Lloyd
Cariad Lloyd is a comedian, actress and writer whose father died when she was 15 years old. Lloyd aims to break the taboo of how we discuss bereavement and encourage more people to talk about it, by interviewing other comedians who have also experienced grief.
Each week Lloyd interviews guests about their experiences of grief as well as telling lighthearted funny stories to normalise conversations around this usually difficult subject. The conversation is 50% serious 50% funny and has helped countless listeners across the world understand their own experiences of grief as a result.
Previous interviewees include Adam Buxton, Sara Pascoe and Robert Webb.
4. Therapy For Black Girls by Dr Joy Harden Bradford
Dr Joy Harden Bradford is a clinical psychologist who created this podcast to provide mental health information and resources to black women. Recognising that stigma around mental health issues stops black women from getting help, Dr Joy (as she likes to be called) aims to change that by providing insightful information into specific topics that black women may face in their own mental health.
Touching on topics such as racial trauma, abortion, parenting and body image, Dr Joy delves into the science behind our minds and presents coping mechanisms to take into daily life.
5. Feel Better, Live More by Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Dr Rangan Chatterjee is a medical doctor who promotes a 360 degree approach to health, not just considering physical health, but also highlighting the importance of mental health. His podcast focuses on giving listeners the tools to transform their lives by transforming their health and therefore happiness.
In his podcast, Dr Chatterjee interviews doctors, leading health experts and inspirational figures who provide expert advice and life-hacks to inspire listeners to lead happier and healthier lives by for example: building positive habits, breathing techniques for panic attacks and understanding the importance of sleep.
We hope that this helps you with your podcast listening, please let us know if you do listen to any of the podcasts mentioned as a result of our recommendation! If you liked this post, you might like our 5 book recommendations to improve your mental wellbeing.
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