The Best Mental Health Podcasts

Here is a list of the best podcasts to listen to this upcoming year according to healthline.com.

“The Nod”
5.0 star rating on Apple Podcast and is available on Stitcher and Soundcloud.
First aired in 2017 – present
Website: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/the-nod

“The Nod” is a podcast that shares stories and experiences of African Americans that “do not get told anywhere else.” It is hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings and regularly has emotional, vulnerable conversations to show that is it okay to struggle with conflicts of being who you want to be versus who society expects you to be. The topics range from histories of hip-hop trends to emotional impacts of famous writers on generations of young writers and professionals.

The Nod

“Throwing Shade”
5.0 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher and Google Play.
First aired in 2019 – present
Website: http://www.throwingshade.com/

The podcast tackles political and cultural issues that women, minorities, and the LGBT communities face in general. It is hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi and aims to make you feel okay to think of yourself as part of a bigger movement and affirming that your thought and feelings matter while making you laugh along the way.

Saying ‘Gay’ Not Defamation Per Se, FDA Roadblocks Mifepristone Attitudes!

Erin and Bryan revel in the joyous circumstances of the week with a heaping dose of ATTITUDES! First, Bryan discusses a new court ruling that states falsely claiming someone is gay does not legally constitute “defamation per se.” Then, Erin covers a Supreme Court decision allowing the FDA to continue enforcing restrictions on abortion drug mifepristone, despite easing regulations on other essential medications during the pandemic.  
  1. Saying ‘Gay’ Not Defamation Per Se, FDA Roadblocks Mifepristone
  2. Female Traitors in Office, HHS Axes LGBTQ+ Nondiscrimination Protections
  3. GROCERIES: SEASON 1 EP 13
  4. GaysOverCovid, Satanic Temple’s Religious Abortions
  5. GROCERIES: SEASON 1 EP 12

“Cafeteria Christian”
5.0 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher
First aired in 2018 – present
Website: https://www.cafeteriachristian.club/journal

This podcast is useful if you want to educate yourself in the bible or if you want to live your life based on your values. It is hosted by Nora and Natalie which they started the podcast to let people know that it is okay not to be a “perfect” Christian and for you to be able to opening talk about your struggles in balancing what you need with what your Christian faith asks of you.

#110 Fig Trees and Inaugural Christianity Cafeteria Christian

Emmy and Natalia discuss Christianity on display at the inauguration. Also a little Bible dive into the prophet Micah. Support the show at http://patreon.com/cafeteriachristian  Find other shows in the network at http://alterguild.org 
  1. #110 Fig Trees and Inaugural Christianity
  2. #109 Self Care Isn't Just a Face Mask
  3. The Aftermath of January 6
  4. #107 12 Tiny Things, with guest Ellie Roscher
  5. #106 Current Event Round-up: Christmas-ish edition

“Therapy for Black Girls”
5.0 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher and Soundcloud.
First aired in 2017 – present
Website: https://therapyforblackgirls.com/podcast/

This podcast was founded by a clinical psychologist by the name of Joy Harden Bradford and offers mental health resources and advice for personal and professional development for African American women and beyond. It is a great podcast if you are looking for advice from a professional or are interested in the science of the mind. She also helps demystify therapy and the stigma around it with her doctorate-level background in counseling psychology from the University of Georgia.

Session 191: Community Check-In for Inauguration Day Therapy for Black Girls

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. It's Inauguration Day here in the US and I'm feeling a mix of excitement that the current administration is finally ending and also anxiety about the safety of the day's events. The grief related to the many lives we've lost over the past year also seems to be heavier and heavier each day. If you're feeling similarly, you're not alone. When times are difficult, it's even more important for us to dig deep into taking care of ourselves. In today's episode I'm sharing 8 tips that might help today and in the days ahead and also answering a couple of On the Porch questions. Resources Mentioned Visit our Amazon Store for all the books mentioned on the podcast! A Mindfulness Exercise for Grounding Session 19: Sometimes You Gotta Feel the Feels Session 78: Mindfulness Session 152: Building Your Coping Kit Stay Connected Is there a topic you'd like covered or a question you'd like answered on the podcast? Submit it at therapyforblackgirls.com/mailbox. If you're looking for a therapist in your area, check out the directory at https://www.therapyforblackgirls.com/directory. Take the info from the podcast to the next level by joining us in The Yellow Couch Collective, therapyforblackgirls.com/ycc Grab your copy of our guided affirmation and other TBG Merch at therapyforblackgirls.com/shop. If you have questions or would like to discuss podcast sponsorship, email us at podcast@therapyforblackgirls.com. The hashtag for the podcast is #TBGinSession. Make sure to follow us on social media: Twitter: @therapy4bgirls Instagram: @therapyforblackgirls Facebook: @therapyforblackgirls
  1. Session 191: Community Check-In for Inauguration Day
  2. Session 190: Creating Calm Through Meditation & Affirmations
  3. Session 189: Learning About Self Through Astrology
  4. Session 188: Wrapping Up 2020
  5. Session 187: FAQ's About the COVID-19 Vaccines

“Mental Illness Happy Hour”
5.0 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher and Soundcloud.
First aired in 2017 – present
Website: https://mentalpod.com/

Paul Gilmartin hosts it in hopes of helping people feel more comfortable to talk about mental or emotional traumatic events that happen in their lives. He interviews a wide range of noted figures and celebrities about their experiences with mental illness or trauma. A couple of examples are “tackling the link between sexual assault and PTSD with attorneys, to uncovering how being raised by a parent with an alcohol addiction can affect you in unnoticeable ways,” according to healthline.com.

Mental Illness Happy Hour

“WTF with Marc Maron”
4.5 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher.
First aired in 2015 – present
Website: http://www.wtfpod.com/

It is hosted by Comedian Marc Maron who is well known for his interviews with some of the world’s most famous people like former U.S. President Barack Obama and Kristen Bell. He is very open about his anxiety and trauma experiences during his upbringing and the emotional turmoil that many of his guests have experienced.

WTF with Marc Maron

“Code Switch”
4.5 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher
First aired in 2016 – present
Website: https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch

There is still a large variety of common topics that can be scary or exhausting to talk about, like race, gender, ethnicity, identity, and more. It is hosted by quite a few of different journalists from diverse backgrounds and can help you better understand how society can be your mental health’s worst enemy, and that understanding it can help you feel stronger in resisting it.

Code Switch Podcast

“The Happiness Lab”
5.0 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher.
First aired in 2019 – present
Website: https://www.happinesslab.fm/

Happiness can seem impossible sometimes and can be especially true when things you work hard for don’t bring you the satisfaction you expected. Hosted by Dr. Laurie Santos of Yale University, she wants to show you that your happiness is in your control according to a link between human behavior and emotions from scientific research. Her main goal is to make you a little happier by teaching you to take ownership of your mind and how it works.

The Happiness Lab

“2 Dope Queens”
5.0 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher and Google Play.
First aired in 2016 – present
Website: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dopequeens

It is hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, two comedians who have turned their life-long friendship in witty banter and a popular comedy show. There is no such thing as an off-limits topic to them or their variety of celebrity guests. Sometimes a good laugh can make you feel better.

2 Dope Queens

“The Hilarious World of Depression”
5.0 star rating on Apple Podcast and is also available on Stitcher.
First aired in 2016 – present
Website: https://www.hilariousworld.org/

Depression is one of the most stigmatized and common mental health conditions. Hosted by John Moe, who hopes you will find peace or help in one of his many interviews with public figures like Darryl Mccdaniels from Run-DMC and Peter Sagal. It can help those who are currently struggling with depression or knows someone with depression. It has a variety of real stories about people’s ups and downs with clinical depression and makes you think about how it can look different on everyone as well as give you some useful tips and tools to use for coping.

The Hilarious World of Depression

Original Post: https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health-podcast

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