Podcasts and mental health

By Rachel Rowney on 1st Oct 2019

Podcasts are an amazing tool to discuss a range of subjects, especially those that may be sensitive. Rachel Rowney highlights how this medium is helping many individuals discuss mental health…

For those of us that struggle to find the time to sit down and read a book, listening to podcasts can be an excellent way to delve deeper into any subject. When it comes to mental health, traditional books can be difficult to understand or connect to, and there has been a rise in several podcasts that offer inspiration, insight and are educational about a range of topics.

Why listen to podcasts?
Many reports suggest that over 40 million Americans suffer from mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. Despite how common these issues are in the general population, there is still a sense of taboo around discussing these subjects. Podcasts can feel more personal, and those who record the episodes are often in a safe space where they feel comfortable to share. Furthermore, if you are struggling with a mental health issue, you may wish to learn more about this in private, which is why listening to a podcast in a car or via headphones is a great option.

Although many psychologists and experts do create their own podcasts, presenters don’t have to have qualifications, so the advice they offer shouldn’t outweigh that of a healthcare professional. However, hearing from ‘real’ people about their experiences can offer a richer insight into how other people work through their mental health issues.

Here, we share five podcasts that we are listening to at the moment.

The Calmer You
Anxiety expert Chloe Brotheridge, author of ‘The Anxiety Solution’, gives you the guidance and inspiration to be your calmest, happiest and most confident self.

The Anxiety Guy
Podcast host Dennis Simsek discusses his experiences with panic disorder and health anxiety and shares his advice on how to lessen your struggles with anxiety and improve your mental health.

Meditation Minis
These podcasts are guided meditations for anxiety and stress by Hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton. These short episodes are perfect for those on the go.

Jen Gotch is OK…Sometimes
An honest and open narrative by Jen Gotch about the struggles she experienced, this podcast offers candid advice and insight into someone’s mental health journey.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Oprah has shared conversations with many experts and health professionals. In these podcasts, she speaks to well-known figures and wellbeing practitioners on a range of subjects.

Mental health: the numbers
– 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
– 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
– 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
– Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
– 43.3% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment in 2018
– 64.1% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness received treatment in 2018
– 50.6% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder received treatment in 2016
– The average delay between the onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years

Courtesy of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

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