At Subconscious, we love podcasts! From mental health stories to empowering self care tips, here are our favorites that make us laugh and weep.
Making people laugh can be a pretty un-funny business. Host John Moe has recruited fellow comedians who are willing to talk about their experiences with depression.
“It’s a show where we drag depression out into the sunlight, talk openly and honestly about it, and have a little fun,” he says. There’s something for everyone in this series of frank, moving and funny conversations.
Co-hosts Yvette Caster and Ellen Scott of Metro.co.uk talk to a mystery guest each week about the strange thoughts in our minds. Caster started suffering from depression in her teens and had her first manic episode at 18, which led to a diagnosis for bipolar disorder, while Scott has dealt with anxiety, depression, panic attacks and obsessive thoughts.
Top tip: “Turn your phone off. It’s okay to take a break from the Internet. It’s okay to not know everything as it happens if it’s making you anxious. Don’t feel guilty or stupid — turn off your notifications and close Twitter if you’re feeling awful.”
Do you have a dark place? Do you ever feel alone? Joel Kutz was a volunteer at a suicide crisis line before producing not one, but two podcasts: “The Dark Place” and “Stories from Today.” As the host of “The Dark Place,” he talks to everyday people and shares their stories about depression, anxiety, trauma and mental illness.
Top tip: “Never log onto the internet first thing in the morning or last thing at night.”
Best friends and co-hosts Katharine Heller and Sally Tamarkin offer candid advice to listener-submitted questions about family, friends, work, mental health and literally everything else. No topic is off-limits. Heller and Tamarkin have spent a lot of time in therapy, and they endorse it whole-heartedly. Heller notes, “at this point, I feel like it’s dangerous to not talk about mental health. Depression can be a scary and lonely place. For me, hearing about other people’s struggles helps me understand I’m not alone. With our show, I want to be honest about my own problems on the off chance that it could help someone. The more we talk openly about mental health and being in therapy/seeking professional care, the more we can ease the stigma around needing a hand with being OK in this world, and perhaps change some of the systems and structures that make mental health care and treatment accessible to some and not others.”
As you can guess from the name of the podcast, co-hosts Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean talk about the things that make us cry. They interview creative guests like musicians, writers and actors, and have intimate and moving discussions about what elicits their tears. Sarah Thyre reveals, “I suffer from anxiety and depression, and I’ve found both therapy and medication to be very helpful. I am in the business of de-stigmatizing things that are often kept secret — like crying and emotional pain (with my podcast) and reproductive rights (with my activism). Somebody’s got to! I don’t mind being that person.”
Top tip: “Practice mindful meditation, which anyone can do as it costs nothing, and you don’t need a mantra. It’s not about blocking thoughts or thinking. It’s about noticing them and letting them go. It’s called a “practice” because none of us are perfect at it, but we can keep trying. The simplest tip I can give you is known as S.T.O.P., which stands for Stop; Take a breath; Observe what you’re feeling, identify it; Proceed.”