Whether you are experiencing mental ill health or just going through a busy or stressful time, finding the energy, concentration or motivation to read a book or sit through a film can be difficult. This is where podcasts shine. Less demanding and available on any subject you can think of, they provide entertainment in easy, bite-size episodes that can be listened to wherever you are. Also, sometimes hearing about other’s experiences, or even just their voices, can make us feel a lot less lonely. In short, they are the perfect way to take time out of your thoughts and the stresses of daily life.
So, in the spirit of #SelfcareSeptember, here are our suggestions of some great podcasts about wellbeing or mental health. They can be listened to on a variety of platforms and apps such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Acast, Soundcloud, Spotify and more.
Radio and TV presenter, Fearne Cotton chats to inspiring individuals such as Dawn French, Matt Haig and Stephen Fry about mental health, happiness and other subjects to try and understand what goes on in others’ heads, so we can better understand what’s going on in ours.
“Whatever your reason may be for feeling lost or frazzled from the pressures of this fast-paced life, there are ways to put one foot in front of the other and help you unlock that inner happiness.“
Happy Place is on a temporary hiatus, but all past episodes are available
“1 phone call. 1 hour. No Names. No holds barred.”
This is the premise of Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People podcast. Every week, comedian Chris Gethard chats to an anonymous person from anywhere in the world about whatever they want, from confessions and secrets to philosophical discussions about live, love and everything in between. Whilst this podcast is not explicitly about mental health, the open and honest nature of the premise and Chris’s attitude to his own mental health offers a unique view into the human experience, helping the darker times to feel a lot less lonely.
New episodes of Beautiful Anonymous are released every Monday.
Winner of the Mind Media Awards 2017 Digital Champion Award, The Mental Podcast presented by comedian Ian Boldsworth is a profoundly honest and frank discussion of mental health and mental wellbeing. It can be pretty heavy-going at times, dealing a range of difficult and mature topics such as suicide, self-harm and substance misuse, and the language used isn’t always what some would consider to be sensitive (as you can probably already tell from its name), but it is this rough-around-the-edges, irreverent, no-holds barred nature which makes it feel deeply personal and just very human. Every episode is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes clear-cut and sometimes complicated.
The Mental Podcast is currently only a six-part series, available in full.
“A comic tragedy for anyone flailing in the sea of their own inadequacy.”
Adrift is a hilarious and heart-warming take on the anxieties of social interaction, reminding us that nobody gets it right all the time. Presented by friends, co-workers, and the (self-described) socially inept Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port, the podcast is mixture of cringe-worthy listener stories, queries for the “Problem Attic” and Geoff and Annabel’s own struggles with social awkwardness. Funny, relatable and relaxed, this is a rubber ring for the overly self-conscious.
New episodes of Adrift are released every Tuesday.
Host and comedian Cariad Lloyd, who lost her dad aged 15 and spent years navigating how she felt, uses Griefcast to “talk, share and laugh about the weirdness of grief and death. But with comedians, so it’s not that depressing”. Death doesn’t seem like the lightest subject for a podcast, however, whilst it certainly has its moments of sadness, the prevailing emotion in each episode is one of happiness and celebration of a loved one each guest has lost. A surprisingly easy listen, even for those who have lost loved ones.
New episodes of Griefcast are released every Tuesday.
Featuring the best bits of their Saturday morning show on Radio X, The Elis James and John Robins podcast is an unexpected addition to this collection of mental health and wellbeing podcasts. However, comedians and good friends Elis and John talk very openly and often light-heartedly about what they term “the darkness” and the shame that goes along with it. And the fact these discussions are happening within regular radio slot alongside chats about weather, music, traffic and other common topics, furthers the normalisation of talking about mental health.
New episodes of The Elis James and John Robins Podcast are released every Saturday.
Are you into podcasts? If so, which ones do you recommend? Let us know on social media or in the comments below!
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