In the bustle of everyday life—whether you’re working from home, commuting long hours or taking care of your loved ones—checking in with your mental health often gets neglected. Thework-from-home norm, having blurred the lines between the personal and the professional, has made it even harder to keep a tab on our mental wellness. Thankfully, podcasts have become a safe haven to consume content without increasing our already alarming screen times. A number of mental health influencers have taken to the audio world to spread awareness about the importance of psychological health. Listening to other people’s mental health journeys can be an empowering tool to work towards emotional well-being. From in-depth interviews with celebrities who have fought their own mental health battles to qualified doctors recommending practices for self-care, here are some enlightening podcasts you can listen to for helpful insight into the ways you can cope with stress, anxiety, and more.
Marbles Lost And Found
Hosted by Zain Calcuttawala and Avanti Malhotra, Marbles Lost And Found discusses a breadth of mental health issues that are often swept under the rug. Addiction, eating disorders, the gruelling reality ofand more—all have been explored on this podcast—which aims to dissect them in an accessible manner. The 20-25 minute episodes tackle uncomfortable subjects with mental health professionals and others who have shown a deep interest in the topics—a great way to learn about the subject during your next laundry night. “What we do believe and hope is that we are a resource that people can turn to for a better understanding of something that affects every human being in some way or the other, and it’s a topic that’s as normal as physical health.” Calcuttawala said in an interview with Rolling Stone India.
The SOS Show With Suchita
Suchita Bhatia brings varied lengths of discourses with experts and doctors to debunk myths around mental health in her podcast. Her vision is to deconstruct our beliefs on mental wellness and its meaning in an attempt to unlearn practices or mindsets that are more harmful than helpful. Discussing specific mental disorders and how they can affect one’s life, the podcast takes a deep dive into the world of neurosis, keeping the construct of Indian society in mind. Whether it’s coming out to your family as LGBTQ+ or conversing with your parents about any mental health concerns you might be dealing with, the show explores the subject through the lens of being Indian.
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Brené Brown has been an influential figure in voicing and affirming the aspects of being human that have over time been neglected or shamed. Apart from her Netflix special, Brene Brown: The Call To Courage, multiple TED Talks and bestselling books, her podcast, Unlocking Us has been noteworthy in spreading awareness about mental health. The series features interviews with the likes of Joe Biden, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and more to discuss the expanse of the human mind—from analysing empathy to discussing shame and accountability. If you’re looking to explore the topic of mental wellness through storytelling, Brown’s podcast with its star-studded list of guest speakers would be a good place to get a headstart.
Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin
Hosted by comedian Paul Gilmartin, this podcast spotlights a diverse set of guest speakers from creative backgrounds as well as occasional interviews with doctors. Each episode discusses subjects like trauma and addiction, creating a sort of auditory safe space to listen and learn about people’s experiences with mental disorders. These candid discourses about negative thinking, toxic masculinity, social anxiety, and more help in normalising feelings that are often associated with shame and fear.
The Hilarious World of Depression
Public Radio host John Moe usesas a tool to dive into conversations about the stigmatised disease of clinical depression. You will laugh and learn through his discussions with various personalities including Jameela Jamil and Whitney Cummings, who talking about how they dealt with difficult times in their lives.
The Happiness Lab
Professor of Yale University’s most popular course in over 300 years, The Science of Well-Being, Dr Lauri Santos shares the science behind the much-coveted yet elusive concept ofin this podcast. Santos uses comprehensive research and stories that provide a fresh outlook on the definition of happiness. With in-depth conversations about the meaning of self-care—hint: it’s not just taking a bubble bath—and mental health, the professor hopes to dispel common misconceptions about happiness.
Bryony Gordon’s Mad World
Mad World, a part of the Telegraph network, is known for Gordon’s deep and insightful conversations with public figures likeas well as frontline workers of the global pandemic. Experiences of these individuals with anxiety, stress, isolation and other mental afflictions open up multiple discourses about ways to cope with mental health concerns. Gordon started the podcast after describing her own battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, , and drug dependency in her book, Mad Girl. “..What I want you to know that by listening to this podcast is that it’s really..really really normal to feel weird, in fact, it’s weirder if you feel normal the whole time,” the journalist explains.
Terrible, Thanks For Asking with Nora McInerny
Nora McInerny started this podcast in an effort to explore the real answers to “How are you?” instead of a standard “fine”, shedding light on the less-talked-about uncomfortable feelings. The podcast is a series of conversations with people on how they are really feeling without any filters—tackling complicated emotions and mental health challenges with both sincerity and humour.
Checking In with Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams interviews friends and celebrities in this podcast, discussing their mental health journey and experiences with depression, anxiety, and more. The podcast has had guests like Dr Oz and Kelly Rowland with conversations touching upon subjects ranging from pandemic-inducedto the ways politics seep into our lives and eventually emotions. Apart from learning about these personalities’ diverse experiences, you can also expect to learn about coping strategies for mental well-being through their journeys.