Mental Health

Popular American Mental Health Podcasts of the Decade

There is a vast collection of health podcasts in the market. The number of total podcasts stands at around 2 million as of April 2022, which is still growing. The variety of podcasts can itself trigger anxiety!

That’s why here is a list of podcasts curated exclusively for those looking for the best podcasts related to mental health. These podcasts cater to a wide range of interests- from the science behind different mental health conditions to advice related to health.

First aired:- 2017

‘The Nod’ is a podcast that shares stories and experiences of African Americans that don’t get told anywhere else. They have an exciting collection of stories ranging from lighthearted histories of hip-hop trends to the emotional impact of writers like Toni Morrison on generations of young Black writers.

The hosts, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings have emotional and vulnerable conversations to show that it is okay to struggle with conflicts of bringing who you want to be versus who society wants you to be.

First aired:-2017

Joy Harden Bradford founded the podcast ‘Therapy for Black Girls ‘. This podcast offers mental health resources and advice for both personal and professional development for black women and beyond.

Bradford helps to demystify therapy and the stigma surrounding it with her counselling psychology expertise.  Bradford’s podcast is an excellent choice if one is looking for advice or insight from a professional or is fascinated by the science of the mind.

First aired:- 2011

This show tackles significant political and cultural issues related to women and marginalized communities, including LGBT communities. The hosts, Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, firmly put these esoteric and crucial conversations in the spotlight.

They aim to leave no doubts that these issues can affect emotionally, mentally, and personally. They strike a balance between the political and personal by making one feel okay to think of oneself as a part of a more significant movement while affirming that your thoughts and feelings matter.

First aired:- 2018

The hosts of the podcast, Nora and Natalie, started this podcast to let people know that it is okay not to be a perfect Christian and talk openly about the challenges in balancing what one needs with what your Christian faith asks of you.

First aired:- 2017

So many of us have dealt with mental and emotional trauma at different times. Yet few of us feel comfortable or safe talking about it loud. Host Paul Gilmartin hopes to change this with his podcast. Gilmartin interviews various notable personalities and celebrities about their experiences with mental illness or trauma. The podcast talks about various topics, from sexual assault to PTSD.

First aired:- 2015

Comedian Marc Maron is well known for interviewing one of the most famous personalities in his tiny garage in Los Angeles. Maron is surprisingly candid about the anxieties and trauma of his upbringing and the emotional turmoil that many of his guests have experienced. These unexpected but refreshingly vulnerable discussions about mental health are often up in his podcast.

First aired:- 2016

Talking about race, gender, ethnicity, identity, and many complex topics shared in the 21st century can be scary. It becomes more challenging when one does not have any allies. Code Switch wants to be an ally. This show covers topics from the legacy of lynching African-Americans to anti-Semitism in popular culture.

It is hosted by journalists from diverse backgrounds who know precisely what it is like to be an ally. This show helps you to understand how society can be your mental health’s worst enemy.

First aired:- 2019

Happiness may seem to be unattainable sometimes. This is true when things you work hard for don’t bring the satisfaction you expect. Dr Laurie Santos hopes to show you that your happiness is in your control. She uses examples to provide a link between human behaviour and emotions. Her main ambition is to help make one feel happy by teaching how to take ownership of one’s mind.

First aired:- 2016 

Depression is probably one of the most stigmatized mental health conditions. John Moe hopes to educate people about depression and explain that not all forms of depression are equal. This show is for those who are managing their symptoms or know someone suffering from depression. The enormous variety of real stories about the ups and downs of depression shows how the condition can look different for everyone. The host also gives tips and tools to cope with all forms of depression.

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Tuhina Mishra

Dr. Tuhina Mishra completed her MBBS from Grant Government Medical College in the year 2021. She has published several research papers in Indian and international journals. She is a recipient of the ICMR-STS award in the year 2019. She is a staunch believer in making research an integral part of the medical curriculum. She has volunteered in several NGOs, healthcare startups, and awareness programs.

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