Other podcasts I recommend
Hosts Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu give listeners a lot of themselves in “Another Round.” Sometimes, you feel their joy, and it lifts you up: Clayton’s laugh is contagious, and they have a genuine love for each other as friends. Other times, you hear them talk about their struggles, and you appreciate that they’re sharing personal moments of anguish. In conversation with each other and guests, they frequently talk about anxiety, depression and the tough aspects of going to therapy. At the end of the podcast, they remind listeners: “Drink some water, take your meds and call your person.”
Check out this episode, “The Most Introverted Sasha Fierce,” for their interview with comedian Aparna Nancherla about making depression funny. They also discuss a “Beginner’s Guide to Starting Therapy.” (Is it worth the money? Do you actually lay on a couch? What do you do if you don’t have insurance?)
Branden Harvey is more than a podcast host: He’s a champion for hope and good in the world. His curiosity and enthusiasm for storytelling is contagious. Listen to inspiring conversations with optimists and world-changers about happiness, overcoming struggles and living a life of intentionality. While sharing these stories, mental health is a common theme.
Host Laura Miller is a cookbook author and the mastermind behind YouTube’s “Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.” Miller has dealt with various mental health issues for more than 20 years, and she discovered she was pregnant while dealing with depression. She realized the resources for mothers with depression were slim, so she started a podcast to talk to brave, interesting people about what “the voices in their heads are like.”
Her pilot episode is a candid, hilarious and deep conversation with Jen Gotch, the founder and CCO of Ban.do about coping with depression, panic attacks and bipolar disorder. Follow Gotch on Instagram, where she shares daily about mental health.
Kaitlin Prest is the host of “The Heart,” an audio art project about intimacy and humanity. I am willing to bet this podcast is unlike anything you’ve ever heard. It’s so beautifully and thoughtfully produced, and it truly is a work of art. It’s divided into “seasons” that feature a handful of episodes about various topics such as masculinity and femininity, feelings and love and an exploration of Prest’s sexual boundaries from youth to adulthood. The newest season is a mini-season titled, “Bodies.” She talks about vaginas and painful sex. It’s a must-listen.
Host John Moe has recruited fellow comedians who are willing to talk about depression.
“It’s a show where we drag depression out into the sunlight, talk openly and honestly about it, and have a little fun,” he says. There’s something for everyone in this series of frank, moving and funny conversations.
Stand-up comedian and TV personality Paul Gilmartin interviews fellow comedians, artists, friends and the occasional doctor about mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking. Gilmartin was diagnosed with clinical depression in 1999 and has been sober since 2003.
“I’m not a therapist,” he says. “This isn’t a doctor’s office. It’s more like a waiting room, that doesn’t suck.”