Last week (15 to 21 May) was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. So, to mark the occasion, we’re sharing some of our favourite mental health podcasts you should check out all year round. Podcasting is a medium that offers a sense of connection, often when we need it most. So, if you’re looking for shows you can turn to on a range of different mental health-related topics, take a look at these.
Mentally Yours by Metro Is hosted by Ellen Scott and Yvette Caster. The duo chat with people who have lived with mental illness to educate, empathise, and challenge stigma. Ellen and Yvette invite their guests to open up about their personal experiences, from postpartum psychosis to eating disorders; the pod allows listeners to learn from raw, first-hand experiences. Listen.
Self-dubbed a podcast that examines the human experience of grief and death – but with comedians, so it’s cheerier than it sounds, The Griefcast is an antidote to the isolation of grief. Host Cariad Lloyd explained, “My goal right from the beginning was that I wanted it to be a podcast that, when it stopped, you didn’t feel worse”, and it’s precisely that. Listen.
Feel Better, Live More
If you’re searching for a podcast for your mind, body and heart, Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee is for you. Covering topics including burnout, trauma, and the mental health crisis, Feel Better, Live More offers easily digestible expert advice. This is a great place to start if you’re looking for simple, actionable mental health resources. Listen.
Brought to you by Bryony Gordon, Mad World is home to intimate conversations about getting unwell and getting better. Bryony is joined by an array of guests, from household names to ordinary people with extraordinary stories and experiences of mental health. From addiction and stress to borderline personality disorder, Mad World is worth a listen. Listen.
Therapy For Black Girls
The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is hosted by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta. With weekly episodes on mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves, Therapy for Black Girls takes on subjects such as cultivating friendships in adulthood, seasonal affective disorder, and imposter syndrome. Listen.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
On Purpose is hosted by former monk Jay Shetty, who’s on a mission to make wisdom go viral in an accessible, relevant & practical way. With a variety of solo episodes and guests, including Drew Barrymore, Lewis Hamilton and Mel Robbins, Jay covers a whole host of mental health subjects. From tackling negative thoughts to gut health and understanding your genes, On Purpose is a breath of fresh air. Listen.
We hope that these podcasts can provide some comfort and relief when you’re feeling overwhelmed. If you require further mental health resources online, visit Mind or speak to a healthcare professional.
For more podcast recommendations, check out this round-up from Pod Bible on the best podcasts about mental health and mental illness.