I never really listened to podcasts before I started my blogging journey but once I did I was introduced to the wonderful world of podcasting–another brand new way of content creation and sharing your message to a brand new audience. I have come across many podcasts since joining the blogging community, and I’d like to enlighten you about why I love to listen to them, and which ones are my favorites!
Reasons to Listen to Mental Health Podcasts
It Can Help People Understand Mental Illness
Podcasts are a great way to help people understand what it’s like to have a mental illness and how mental health affects us. They are a great way to teach people about mental health issues because it’s an easy and a very engaging platform and the topic of mental health is very prevalent at the moment, leading to lots of mental health podcasts to choose from.
It Helps Us Realize We Aren’t Alone
When we suffer from mental illness, the world can feel like a very lonely place. You feel like the only person suffering but that is honestly not the case at all! Listening to some mental health podcasts can help you realize that you aren’t alone. There are many people who suffer from mental illnesses and who want to share their story.
Connects Us with Others
When we listen to a mental health podcast it connects us with the host and guest speakers on the show. Just like music podcasts have a fan base that will help you connect with people, so do podcasts. I connected with my best friend through a band on Facebook and you can do the same with podcasts!
Helps Break Stigmas
What is stigma? It’s something negative that people often relate to a certain topic. And stigma can lead to discrimination.
Discrimination may be obvious and direct, such as someone making a negative remark about your mental illness or your treatment, but other times it is hidden away behind the scenes. I, personally, have dealt with discrimination because of my mental illness. When I began to speak about being a sufferer of mental illness, family and people I have known my whole life began to treat me differently.
They began looking at me like some stranger or alien to them! I received comments like “Just be happy” and “don’t take pills you don’t need them”. It’s horrible to have to deal with stigma. This is where mental health podcasts come in handy. People who don’t understand mental illness could come across a podcast and begin to understand that people who deal with mental illness are just like anybody else.
Yes, they may have to visit a therapist, take pills or just have several bad days with their mental health but they are skin and bone just like everyone else in this world.
How Mental Health Podcasts Can Help You
There are a number of ways that mental health podcasts, just like music, can really help us deal with our mental health. Podcasts can help inspire, uplift and help you feel better on a bad day and teach you techniques on how to cope and manage your mental illness. Also similar to music, podcasts give us the option to pop in our earphones and ignore the world. When I feel anxious or just in a bad way and I’m not sure what type of music I want to listen to, I pick a podcast to enjoy and it helps distract me from my own thoughts and worries.
My Favorite Mental Health Podcasts
“Radical Transformation Project”
Before I started my own blog I came across Faith’s blog while looking for free resources to help me cope with my mental health. I subscribed to her blog right away and have been given a lot of information and resources to help me get through my bad days.
She shares her mental health stories and tips and tricks on how to manage your mental health that really do help. Faith gets really personal and is very open and honest about everything that she has been through, which is something I can really appreciate
“The Radical Transformation Project” is definitely one you should check out if you want to start listening to mental health podcasts.
“Crappy To Happy”
This podcast is brought to you by Tiff Hall, an expert trainer, and Cass Dunn, a clinical psychologist, who lives down under. They will bring you simple tools, tips and strategies to help you live a healthier and happier life.
I came across these ladies a little while ago and I really enjoyed the first episode that I listened to- “Think Happy Thoughts”. Tiff and Cass definitely know what they are talking about in their episodes and that’s why I keep coming back for more.
These two relatable women cover topics ranging from diet, exercise, emotional eating, self-criticism, perfectionism, sabotage and so much more that they integrate with their humour, insight and compassion.
“The Anxiety Podcast”
Hosted by Tim JP Collins, this show supports everyone who suffers from anxiety and stress. Tim, himself, struggled with anxiety and speaks from personal experience with each episode he creates.
Every week Tim interviews people that share their stories, making this podcast extremely relatable for mental illness sufferers. . These interviews are raw and vulnerable as people open up about their struggles. Each week Tim will also share his own personal stories, a skill or coping strategy to help you deal with your anxiety.
“The Anxiety Guru Show”
“The Anxiety Guru Show” teaches you exactly how to overcome abnormal stress and anxiety. It can be very difficult to deal with anxiety, especially when it is so crippling to us each and every day. This podcast helps give you strategies and coping skills on how to deal with your anxiety. You definitely need to give this a listen to if you haven’t already. It’s definitely one of my favorites!
Another great podcast that I listen to, hosted by Ellen Scott and Yvette Caster, is “Mentally Yours”. They chat to guests who have dealt with mental health issues and all discuss the weird stuff that goes on inside the minds of those who suffer with mental illness.
Listening to podcasts have helped me a lot through my mental health journey. Give them a try, this could be a brand new and free way for you to learn new skills and coping methods. It’s very important that you try different methods to try and combat your illness because everything works different for everyone. Some may work and others might not! It won’t cause you any harm to try listen to a few podcasts.
What podcasts do you listen to? Let me know in the comments below!
About The Author….
Anne is from Ireland where she is taking time off after school to focus on her mental health. She is also an assistant at Quiet Nonsense and runs her own blog www.foreverthewanderer.ie with topics including travel, mental health and so much more. Anne dreams of/ is working towards becoming a professional blogger.