Our Top Picks: Mental Health Podcasts
An estimated 4.7 million of us in the UK getting a regular dose of our favourite shows each week, podcasts are leading the way in what is being described as an “audio renaissance”. The health sections of podcast platforms have never been so full of choice, with many options offering a relatable voice and happily broadening the conversation on mental health.
Podcasts are a fantastic way of unwinding, relaxing and creating some time for yourself.
They enable you to get lost in a different world for a little while and depending on your choice of subject, learn something new too. Listening to people talk about some of the challenges we’re facing can also help us to feel less alone.
Recently we have been listening , learning and often laughing along with some really great mental health podcasts…so we wanted to share with you some of our favourites!
(In no particular order)
Mentally Yours is created by Metro. It interviews a different guest each week. It takes a very honest look at lots of different topics surrounding mental health and mental illness. Each interview is very open and relaxed, and each podcast is nice and short at only half an hour. We really like the informative style and it’s comforting to hear other’s experiences of mental health problems.
BRYONY GORDON’S MAD WORLD
Mad World is hosted by author and journalist, Bryony Gordon. Each week she speaks to a different person about mental illness, and how it has impacted their life. It’s done in a very casual way, which makes it interesting and engaging to listen to. She starts each podcast with the question: ‘How are you, really?’, bringing a refreshingly honest feel to each interview. The podcast is designed to show us that ‘feeling weird is the most normal thing in the world’.
Each week, Cariad Lloyd, a comedian and improviser, chats to another comedian about a significant loss they have experienced. It can both make you cry and laugh. It covers all aspects of grief, death, loss, and everything that comes with them. Many people have found this to be a huge help in their grief journey and a comfort to hear others stories making them feel they are not alone.
THE HILARIOUS WORLD OF DEPRESSION
We really loved the title of this as the words ‘hilarious’ and ‘depression’ rarely come together in the same sentence! But, some comedic relief can be really helpful. I am able to look back at aspects of my low times now and laugh at the situations that could easily be in a sketch show (though not at the time!) The podcast is moving, frank and funny with comedians who have dealt and are dealing with depression.
CTRL ALT DELETE
Emma Gannon interviews interesting people about various themes, including mental health, identity, creativity, social media, and the internet. Ctrl Alt Delete doesn’t shy away from challenging topics, and the conversations are both interesting and nuanced.
THE ADAM BUXTON PODCAST
Another funny one. Comedian, writer, and actor Adam Buxton chats to lots of creative people about life’s ups-and-downs, with silly and sometimes bizarre interludes and songs, the conversations always feel really warm and genuine. Also, the podcast usually opens with Adam walking his dog, Rosie, which makes it great to listen to when you’re out on a walk yourself.
ALL IN THE MIND
This podcast is from BBC Radio 4. It explores the limits and potentials of the human mind. Potentially more clinical than other podcasts but so interesting. It explores all sorts of different things relating to mental health, and the mind in general.
MQ OPEN MIND
MQ Open Mind explores some of the science behind mental health, and how this could transform lives. It features people with lived experience of each topic, alongside researchers who speak about the current science behind each topic. It’s an informative and interesting look at a broad spectrum of topics relating to mental health.
MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
Regular podcast features interviews with a number of interesting people involved in mental health, including people who have experienced mental health problems, campaigners and mental health experts.
MENTAL HEALTH BOOK CLUB
A co-hosted podcast between writer Sydney Timmins and teacher Becky Lawrence. They celebrate the very best the literary world has to support our mental health. Join them as they talk you through the best mental health books, including self-care, fiction and autobiographies. There is a show every few days so it’s a good regular podcast to keep up with and satisfy any reader.
THE STRUGGLE BUS: SELF CARE, MENTAL HEALTH AND OTHER HILARIOUS STUFF
Sally Tamarkin and Katharine Heller from across the pond answer all your mental health questions – and no topic is off limits. The two are friends and you can tell, it flows really nicely like you are in the conversation with them. Katharine and Sally are the impartial friends there to help you share the experience, and the load.
Find it: Apple Podcasts
Workplace Learning Based Podcasts
CITY MENTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE: WHY MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
Poor workplace mental health can lead to problems with absenteeism. Emma Jacobs discusses what can be done to improve this with Jaan Madan of Mental Health First Aid England and Nigel Jones of the City of London Mental Health Alliance.
The professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, CIPD have been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work. With over 140 podcasts there are some fantastic resources available for professional learning.
HAYS WORLDWIDE LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS: HOW CAN YOU CREATE A MORE MENTALLY HEALTHY WORKPLACE?
The Hays Worldwide Leadership Insights podcast addresses an array of topics related to leadership, management and recruitment, featuring interviews with business experts who share their knowledge on how to effectively lead a business, both now and in the future.
In this podcast, HAYS are joined by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind; a leading mental health charity. Emma provides advice to listeners on how to build a mentally healthy workplace that provides the right support for those who may be experiencing mental health issues.
MIDFULNESS: 10 MINUTE PRACTICE EXERCISE
This relaxation exercise is narrated by Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams, and features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques.
Find it: Soundcloud
Have you got any to add to the list? We’d love to hear from you!