When we’re experiencing mental ill health, it can be difficult to follow the plot of a book or a TV programme. We often just don’t have the energy, or the ability to concentrate. Podcasts can be much less demanding, which makes them more accessible when we aren‘t feeling our best. Listening to people talk about some of the challenges we’re facing can also help us to feel less alone.
There’s an ever-growing number of podcasts out there, on a variety of topics. This includes a huge number of mental health and self-care podcasts. Knowing where to start can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve pulled together some of our favourites.
Mentally Yours is a podcast created by Metro. It’s an interview-based podcast with a different guest each week. It takes a very open and honest look at lots of different topics surrounding mental health and mental illness. Each interview is very relaxed, and each podcast is nice and short at only half an hour. However, they cram a lot into that time, and it can be both informative and comforting to hear other’s experiences of mental health problems.
Each episode, Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between, revealing what happiness means to them. She gently encourages her guests to open up, prompting engaging, and honest, conversations about dealing with life’s challenges. Happy Place reminds us that we aren’t alone in feeling low or anxious, and gives us advice on looking after our own mental health.
Bryony Gordon’s Mad World
Bryony Gordon hosts Mad World. Each week she speaks to a different person about mental illness, and how it has impacted their life. It’s done in a very casual way, which makes it interesting and engaging to listen to. She starts each podcast with the question: ‘How are you, really?’, bringing a refreshingly honest feel to each interview. The podcast is designed to show us that ‘feeling weird is the most normal thing in the world’.
Each week, Cariad Lloyd, a comedian and improviser, chats to another comedian about a significant loss they have experienced. Sometimes it makes you laugh. Sometimes it makes you cry. It covers all aspects of grief, death, loss, and everything that comes with them. Grief can affect our mental health, and listening to others speak about their experiences can be really comforting. It can also help us to realise that some things we experience, but don’t understand, could be related to grief.
The Hilarious World Of Depression
The words ‘hilarious’ and ‘depression’ don’t usually appear in the same sentence. However, The Hilarious World Of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with depression. Hosted by John Moe, each guest discusses their experience of depression and mental illness. The podcast aims to help people gain insight, have a few laughs, and realise that they’re not alone.
Ctrl Alt Delete
Emma Gannon interviews interesting people about various themes, including mental health, identity, creativity, social media, and the internet. Ctrl Alt Delete doesn’t shy away from challenging topics, and the conversations are both interesting and nuanced. Blurt founder Jayne Hardy appears in episode 110 of the podcast, discussing depression and self-care!
Made of Human
Hosted by comedian, Sofie Hagen, the Made of Human podcast is all about connection. In each episode, Sofie sits down with a lovely person to talk about the difficulties and challenges that come along with being human. The conversations are often incredibly honest, moving, and, above all, relatable. Made of Human will remind you that we are all ‘winging it’, just a little bit.
The Adam Buxton Podcast
Slightly more light-hearted than some of the other podcasts on our list, comedian, writer, and actor Adam Buxton chats to lots of creative people about life’s ups-and-downs. The conversations always feel really warm and genuine, and give you an insight into what makes other people tick. Also, the podcast usually opens with Adam walking his dog, Rosie, which makes it great to listen to when you’re out on a walk yourself.
All In The Mind
BBC Radio 4’s ‘All In The Mind’ explores the limits and potentials of the human mind. It’s a little less chatty and more clinical than many other podcasts. It explores all sorts of different things relating to mental health, and the mind in general. Topics they’ve covered include ‘sibling rivalry’, ‘anxiety and children’, and ‘Adult ADHD’, so there should be at least one episode to interest everyone.
MQ Open Mind
MQ Open Mind explores some of the science behind mental health, and how this could transform lives. It features people with lived experience of each topic, alongside researchers who speak about the current science behind each topic. It’s an informative and interesting look at a broad spectrum of topics relating to mental health.
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