11 Mental Health Podcasts You Shouldn’t Miss
Podcasts give us an opportunity to learn, laugh, and be inspired. They are easy to listen to in the car, while you’re on a walk, or doing the dishes. There are many ways to access podcasts online or on your phone. Some free examples including Stitcher, Luminary, Spotify, Laughable, Podbean, Castbox, RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts and Player FM. The opinions and advice shared are those of the authors.
You might think more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations would make you happy. That’s not always true. In “The Happiness Lab” podcast, Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with Super Soul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual guides, and health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.
Tune in with Adriana Alejandre, LMFT for her weekly podcast that discusses mental health topics related to Latinas, Latinos and Latinx individuals in efforts to demystify myths and diagnoses. Cultural and commonly stigmatized themes will be discussed with Latinx mental health professionals, psychiatrists, doctors, bloggers, TV personalities, social media influencers, entrepreneurs, and more. Spanish segments are aired every other week!
A discussion on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality featuring mental health professionals. Episodes range from “Culture, Identity and Islamic Psychotherapy” to “Gambling Addiction, Escapism and Islam” and “Self-Stigma, Compassion and Neurogenesis.”
Host Derek Bowlen’s description sums it up for us. “I’m just a regular guy on a journey to understand addiction, myself, and how to be a well-adjusted man in the modern era. Each week, I’m joined by people a lot smarter than me to help me learn about mental health, masculinity, substance abuse, wellness, and more.”
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. You’ll learn about treatment options, coping skills, goal setting, relationships, and mindfulness. Both are long-time NAMI Central Texas volunteers.
Get into an Imani State of Mind with psychiatrist Dr. Imani Walker. Every week, she breaks down mental illness and mental health through pop culture and news and in the process normalizes what getting your mind right really looks like.
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 Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly online podcast that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.
“A vital, compassionate gem that fills a desperate and under-addressed need in our society.” – Esquire
If you have a heart attack, you go to the hospital. Kid is sick? Call the pediatrician. So why do the rules change when it comes to addiction? Join Dr. Nzinga Harrison, psychiatrist and addictionologist, for this weekly go-to for any and all questions about addiction, treatment, mental health, recovery, and everything in between.
Into the Fold: Issues in Mental Health
This podcast is produced by the Hogg Foundation at The University of Texas at Austin, which supports research and learning, practice and implementation, and policy initiatives to help transform how communities promote mental health in everyday life. Episodes cover issues like diverting people with mental illness away from the criminal justice system and indigenous mental health.