“The Nod” pitches itself as a podcast that shares the stories and experiences of African Americans that “don’t get told anywhere else.”
Topics range from lighthearted histories of hip-hop trends to the emotional impact of famous writers like Toni Morrison on generations of young black writers and professionals.
Hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings regularly have emotional, vulnerable conversations to show that it’s OK to struggle with the conflicts of being who you want to be versus who society expects you to be.
Therapy for Black Girls
Founded by clinical psychologist Joy Harden Bradford, “Therapy for Black Girls” offers mental health resources and advice for both personal and professional development for African American women and beyond.
Bradford also helps demystify therapy itself and the stigma surrounding it with her doctorate-level background in counseling psychology from the University of Georgia.
Bradford’s podcast is a great choice if you’re looking for advice or insight from a professional, or are fascinated by the science of the mind.
Mental Illness Happy Hour
So many of us have dealt with mental and emotional trauma in our lives. Yet so few of us feel comfortable or even safe talking about it out loud.
Host Paul Gilmartin hopes to change this with his lauded podcast, “Mental Illness Happy Hour.” Gilmartin interviews a variety of noted figures and celebrities about their experiences with mental illness or trauma.
Gilmartin’s interviews run the gamut from tackling the link between sexual assault and PTSD with successful attorneys to uncovering how being raised by a parent with alcohol addiction can affect you in many invisible ways.
The Happiness Lab
Happiness can seem unattainable sometimes. This is especially true when the things you work hard to earn don’t bring the happiness you expect.
That’s where Dr. Laurie Santos of Yale University thinks she can help.
Dr. Santos hopes to show you that your own happiness is in your control in even the smallest ways using findings from cutting-edge scientific research on the link between human behavior and emotions.
It’s no accident that Dr. Santos’ course “Psychology and the Good Life” is one of Yale’s most popular. Her main ambition is to help make you a little bit happier by teaching you to take ownership of how your mind works, and how your behavior can be your first line of defense against negativity.
The Code Switch
Talking about race, gender, ethnicity, identity, and many complex topics common in the 21st century can be exhausting and scary. It can be much harder if you don’t think you have any allies.
“Code Switch” from National Public Radio (NPR) wants to be an ally. This show covers topics from the legacy of lynchings of African Americans in modern American life to covert forms of anti-Semitism in popular culture.
And it’s hosted by a slew of journalists from diverse backgrounds who know exactly what it’s like to need an ally.
This show can help you better understand how society itself can be your mental health’s worst enemy — and how that understanding can help you feel stronger in resisting it.
The Hilarious World of Depression
Mental illness is no laughing matter, but sometimes we need to take a step back from our problems and be able to have a good sense of humor about them. So if you’re already at that point, or trying to reach it, check this one out! It features actors and comedians who struggle with depression — and still find time to laugh.
Happiness seems elusive, or at least fleeting, to many (namely, me). Happier Podcast by Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author (who, by the way, has been interviewed by Oprah so you know she’s the real deal) strives to make your life a little bit happier, in simple and realistic steps. Go on, try it out!
There isn’t really a roadmap for sobriety — well, there are a few, but that doesn’t mean the path is always easy or straight. Recovery Unscripted brings fresh perspectives from inside the world of addiction and mental health recovery. Hosted by David Condos (also a great musician!) and powered by the Foundations Recovery Network, the podcast’s mission is to educate and inspire by sharing valuable addiction insights and powerful recovery stories.
Each episode features candid conversations with influential figures, from authors and clinicians to executives and leaders within the recovery community. Guests openly share personal recovery journeys and firsthand experiences, and listeners can join the discussion too!