Tuning into a podcast can be a great way to practise self-care and to reflect on our mental health – and the wellbeing of those around us too.
Research has shown that around two-thirds of us will experience poor mental health in our lifetime, so this really is an issue that affects everyone.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ve put together a collection of podcasts about mental health for you to listen to, covering a range of topics from bereavement to anxiety.
Fearne Cotton has managed to round up a fantastic array of guests for her podcast series about mental health including Dawn French, Stephen Fry, author Matt Haig and Olympic diver Tom Daley. The tone of the podcast is sometimes light-hearted and often moving as the celebrities open up about mental health issues they’ve faced.
The tagline of this podcast from The Telegraph is “It’s totally normal to feel weird” and that’s exactly what Bryony Gordon aims to do in each episode. Her guests include writers, authors, actors, chefs and TV personalities from Gizzi Erskine to Spice Girl Mel C.
She even managed to bag a royal guest in the form of Prince Harry in 2017 – you can listen to the episode here.
Take better care of your body and mind with Dr Rangan Chatterjee in this eclectic podcast which covers everything from anxiety to gut health. In this podcast, we hear stories from leading health experts who offer practical and straightforward advice. Well worth a listen.
As the name suggests, The Griefcast presented by Cariad Lloyd covers bereavement and the grieving process, but all of the guests are comedians. Bereavement is a subject that we often shy away from because it can make people feel uncomfortable, so it’s refreshing to hear grief talked about so openly.
As one reviewer says, it is “the perfect combination of funny and sad”.
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Listen to Oprah’s interviews with thought-leaders, authors and spiritual figures from around the world in this relaxing podcast which tackles life’s big questions.
Recent episodes include Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh talking about how to live with compassion, a mother who lost her children in a house fire talking about how she found the strength to live in the aftermath, and author Tim Storey explains how you can turn a setback into a comeback.
This is a podcast for everyone who suffers from stress and anxiety to any degree. Host Kelli Walker is a registered nurse and each episode includes helpful advice for managing anxiety with practical tips and guidance.
You’ll also develop a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it can take hold.
When someone asks you how you are, do you say you’re fine even when you’re not? The message to take away from this podcast is that you don’t have to be okay all the time.
Hosted by author Nora McInerny, this show talks openly about pain, awkwardness and humanity. It’s sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes just plain uncomfortable.
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