Podcasts for Mental Health Awareness Month

Guest post by Al Levin

Four years ago, I wrote a blog post titled, “It’s Mental Health Awareness Month????”. The point of that post was my surprise at how few people had even heard of “Mental Health Awareness Month”, which had been observed since 1949. While I’m happy to say that, at least anecdotally, it seems that more people are recognizing this month, there is undoubtedly a long way to go before talking about mental health becomes the norm; where we don’t have to hide the fact that we’re going to our weekly psychologist appointment or whisper about a friend or relative who is living with anxiety, depression, or another mental illness.

Educating oneself about mental health is an important way to work towards ending the stigma. Subscribing to some of the many podcasts on the topic is a great way to start! Podcasts are an incredible resource, as you can listen whenever you please. You can start and stop anytime and pick up where you had left off. You can rewind and listen again if you missed something or just need another listen to process the information at a deeper level.

There’s a huge variety of mental health podcasts. There are podcasts in which guests share their personal stories. Others have guest experts sharing the biological and physiological aspects of mental illnesses. Many share suggestions on living with mental illness or supporting a friend or loved one. 

So, whether you’re looking to learn more about mental illnesses, trying to gain insight after your own new diagnosis, or supporting a friend or loved one, you should check out some of the many podcasts on Podbean! We’ve listed a few below just to get you started.

You can find this topic featured in the Podbean app to listen on the go. If you don’t already have the Podbean app, download it for free in the App Store or Google Play store. It’s the best way to listen and discover new podcasts you’ll love, with recommendations of hot topics plus personalized recommendations based on what you listen to most. You can also listen to these podcasts online here.

Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success & Happiness

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Need a free online life coach? Look no further than the most motivational self-help authors of the past. Inspiring readings from James Allen, Napoleon Hill, Hellen Keller, Booker T. Washington, Khalil Gibran, Marcus Aurelius, and more.

Guided Sleep Meditations

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Relax and fall asleep with a Tracks To Relax Guided Sleep Meditation. Life is stressful, especially during this pandemic! Our sleep meditations can provided a welcome distraction and help you relieve stress during these challenging times. Sleep is the cornerstone of good health and we can help you get the rest you need.

CLEANING UP THE MENTAL MESS with Dr. Caroline Leaf

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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, mental health and mind expert. Whether you are struggling in your personal life or simply want to learn how to understand and use your mind to live your best life, this podcast will provide you with practical tips and tools to help you take back control over your mental, emotional, and physical health

The Last Symptom

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A comprehensive, intimate discussion about escaping emotional unhealth, by Brian Barnett, who authentically rid himself of Borderline Personality Disorder, after having lived with it, unaware, for the first thirty-seven years of his life. New episodes published Thursdays.

Depression Talks Podcast

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Welcome to the Depression Talks Podcast. My name is Immanuel. I’m a YouTube Creator and Certified Life Coach dedicated to changing the mental health stigma. On this Podcast, we openly talk about depression, anxiety, and low self esteem, but you’ll also hear coaching tips that has helped many clients take action and transform their lives. No matter what you’re going through, I promise, you are not alone. For business and a free 1 on 1 session, go to immanueljones.com

Mindfulness Sessions & Podcasts

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At the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) our mission is to reduce suffering, promote resilience and realise human potential across the lifespan through mindfulness. Our podcasts are suitable for the general public, you do not need prior experience to listen. New podcasts are available weekly.

Mental Oasis

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Christine Forte delivers brief and straightforward strategies for finding inspiration, calm, new energy and focus where it’s needed. 

The Depression Files

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Men experience depression differently. Al Levin interviews men who have suffered from depression, educating those who may know little about mental illnesses while giving hope to those who may be suffering.

The Embody Podcast Self-Love & Healing

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Interviews, Meditations, and Thoughtful Episodes about Embodiment, Yoga, and Healing. We explore remembering and embodying your true nature, alignment with your soul, and deeply loving, and expressing yourself. Wonderful wellness practitioners and healers share their healing tips, philosophies, and how they shine. It’s about loving support to advance your own healing process as we will journey together. A creative blend of Yoga, Family Constellations, and Somatic Experiencing practices.

The Hilarious World of Depression

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A show about clinical depression…with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way…

Overcome Depression + Thrive

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Feeling depressed? Then, be sure to join Depression-Busting Specialist, Author and Professional Life Coach – Marie O’Neil on this podcast: Overcome Depression + Thrive. In this show, you’ll discover highly-effective tips, tools and techniques to overcome depression from every angle. We’ll explore solutions for your Mind, Body + Spirit. So, you can completely heal your total body-mind system, bringing you back to ultimate health + well-being…

The Science of Happiness

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Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by award-winning professor Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by PRX and UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

The Anxiety Coaches Podcast

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The Anxiety Coaches Podcast is a relaxing and inspiring show sharing lifestyle changes to calm your nervous system and help you heal Anxiety, Panic, and PTSD for life! We Bring you 2 episodes every week. There is no need to walk this path alone. Join us for a relaxing, informative and inspiring time and start your journey out of anxiety-panic! Find meditations, info about anxiety and more at http://www.AnxietyCoachesPodcast.com

The Anxiety Guy Podcast

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The Anxiety Guy Podcast is the only resource you need to begin lessening and eventually ending your struggles with generalized anxiety disorder, hypochondria, and depression. Dennis Simsek takes you through the life of a former professional tennis player, who struggled with and eventually ended his 6 year struggle with panic disorder and health anxiety. Within those 6 years a dream was reached, a child was born, and suicide was being contemplated. This podcast exists so that you don’t make the same crucial mistakes when it comes to stress and anxiety, that thousands of other people around the world are making. Change begins today…

Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast

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From the number one non-fiction bestseller, comes Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast – with everything you need to hear to get on top of your anxiety. This practical and relaxed series explores everything from what anxiety is and why it happens to us, how our brains work and why it”s actually very normal to the various tools and techniques necessary for owning it. Author Caroline Foran shares her story, along with some expert input, in an attempt to help you show your anxiety who’s boss. Most importantly, this is a series that tackles the reality of anxiety from a refreshing and relatable perspective.

 

About the author:

Al Levin is an assistant principal at a PreK-8 school in Saint Paul Public Schools. He has been in education for over twenty years, the past fourteen years as an administrator.   He is married, has four children…and a puppy.

Al has completed all of the coursework in working towards a Co-Active coaching certificate through the Coaches Training Institute and is certified in Cognitive Coaching. The coaching work has allowed him to support the staff he works with in the public schools, as well as others who are seeking support in reaching their goals or working past challenging times in their lives.

Al is also a person who has recovered from two major bouts of depressive disorder, one of which was quite debilitating for nearly six months of his life.  Through this experience, he has become very passionate about learning more about mental health and supporting others with a mental illness, particularly men with depression. In addition to a blog, Al has a podcast in which he interviews men who have struggled with depression and/or other mental illnesses. Both his blog and podcast can be found at TheDepressionFiles.com. Al also speaks publicly for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and, more often, on his own. He has also written for various publications. You will also find Al Tweeting @allevin18.

 

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