Podcasts for Your Mental Health

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Are you feeling like your mental health needs a little TLC? It may be time to step back and focus on practices that can help improve it. One of the best ways to do this is by investing in yourself through activities that bring you joy, so why not give podcasts a go? Listen to these podcasts and reap the benefits they have to offer; they are packed full of helpful knowledge delivered in an engaging and enjoyable way.

The Happiness Lab

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale — the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history — Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.

Mental Health: Hope and Recovery

Helen Sneed and Valerie Milburn have both fought and overcome severe, chronic mental illnesses, and offer an insider’s approach to mental health. They share inspirational true stories and a host of recovery skills. Episodes examine depression, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders, self-harm, suicide, other major illnesses, and the pandemic’s impact. You’ll learn about treatment options, coping skills, goal setting, relationships, and mindfulness. Helen and Valerie are your peers. They are not a substitute for qualified counseling or other mental health resources. They are not professionals, but they are experts through their own lived experience with multiple mental health conditions.

Imani State of Mind

Imani State of Mind is a weekly podcast hosted by psychiatrist and TV personality Dr. Imani Walker and co-host comedian MegScoop Thomas, sharing their personal and professional experiences to help navigate and normalize conversations about mental health. Each week they’ll talk about what’s happening in news, pop culture, and our daily lives as we work to get our minds right. 

Tara Brach

Tara Brach, Ph.D is an internationally known meditation teacher and author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara shares a weekly guided meditation and talk that blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. The podcast addresses the value of mindfulness meditation and self-compassion in relieving emotional suffering, serving spiritual awakening and bringing healing to our world.

The Courageous Life

Founded by coach and teacher Joshua Steinfeldt, The Courageous Life is a global conversation with thought leaders and everyday heroes about overcoming fear and growing courage to pursue what matters most in life, work, and love.

Inside Mental Health

Award-winning weekly podcast that approaches psychology and mental health in an accessible way. Listen as our host Gabe Howard speaks candidly with experts, celebrities, and other notables to break down complex topics into simpler terms.

Dear Therapists

I’m Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone. And I’m Guy Winch, author of Emotional First Aid. We’re both advice columnists, TED speakers, and of course therapists in clinical practice who want to bring the lessons of the therapy room outside the therapy room… to all of you. Each week on DEAR THERAPISTS, we invite you to be a fly-on-the-wall in these personal, raw, transformative sessions with everyday people and then hear what happens when we give concrete, actionable advice and have them report back to let us know how things went after the session ended. We’re sharing these real sessions because we believe that everyone can benefit from hearing how people just like them get through their struggles and grow and change. So sit back and come into the therapy room with us… and prepare to learn a lot about yourself in the process.

While it’s important to talk about mental health, it’s also important to listen. These podcasts create a space for people to share their stories and offer listeners support, advice and practical tips. If you’re looking for something to boost your mental well being, or just want to feel less alone, give one of these fantastic podcasts a try.

***All podcast descriptions courtesy of Apple Podcasts

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