I love a good podcast. Whether they are meant to be funny, informative or just a few people having a really good chat, they are perfect for the daily commute, background noise for housework or cooking, or just something to listen to and engage with when you are feeling a little down, overwhelmed or a bit too ‘buzzy’.
This Monday is International Podcast Day so, following on from our recommendations last year, I have put together another little list of mental-health related podcasts I have come across over the last 12 months.
(Note: I listen/ed to these via the Apple Podcast app, but they are available on other platforms too!)
Started earlier this year and already on its second series, this has become one of my go-to podcasts every week. Created by hosts Leila and Rhys in their little flat in Cardiff, every episode feels like going round to your mates for a brew and a good chat. Sometimes taking the form of conversations between the two of them and sometimes interviews with their friends, the podcast covers all kinds of mental-health related subjects from stress, to living more creatively, to how to work through battling a life-threatening illness.
Favourite episode? “18. How to Edit Your Life”
Bryony Gordon’s Mad World
Similar to Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place, journalist and author Bryony Gordon chats to a whole host of famous people about their experiences with, and opinions on, mental health and mental illness. Gordon’s complete honesty about her own struggles with OCD, depression and addiction help to set the tone, and the episodes always feel very open and intimate. She has had some really incredible guests— the podcast kicked off with Prince Harry and other guests have included Matt Haig, Stephen Fry, Gizzi Erskine and Poppy Jarman.
Favourite episode? “Mad World: Prince Harry”
No Feeling is Final
I listened to this late last year but I am still bowled over by it. By weaving together diary entries, voice recordings, scripted recreations of past events and present-day narration, writer and podcaster Honor Eastly explores her experiences with anxiety, suicidal thoughts and dealing with the mental health system through this kind-of audio memoir. It really is nothing like I have ever listened to. Apart from being beautifully produced, Honor’s raw honesty is eye-opening. As you’d expect, this was really heavy going so I’d recommend checking in with yourself before and after you listen (Honor recommends you go do something nice for yourself after each episode). However, it is also enlightening, darkly funny and powerful.
Favourite episode? “01 | The Voice”
The SOS Podcast
This is another small, self-produced podcast which feels like sitting down with a friend. Focused around the idea of self-help, there are episodes on being sensitive, how to bounce back after hitting rock bottom, social media, body image, recovery and even online dating. Whether she is just talking on her own or chatting with a friend, host Liv’s personable, honest and just generally lovely attitude really shines through and I found a lot of what she says really relatable. At time of writing, series 2 is yet to be released so I’m excited to see where it goes!
Favourite episode? “Episode 5 | Breaking the people pleasing cycle and learning to say no”
The Wooden Spoon
Four high-achieving students talk together about their experiences with success and failure. I really wish this podcast existed when I was at school and uni, and I will definitely be recommending it to all my student friends and family. However, this is not to say I didn’t get anything out of it now at all. I found their discussions about rejection, mental health and self-care, and being your own worst critic so relatable and I have started to redefine my own opinions of success and whether it is really serving me. A thought-provoking listen!
Favourite episode? “I’m too busy! | Saying “yes”, burnout and spending your free time.”
Have you listened to any of these podcasts? Do you have any more recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!