Mental wellbeing podcasts
Our round-up of some of the best podcasts to bolster your mental wellbeing.
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Written by Caroline
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Need a little boost for your mental wellness? Our favourite mental wellbeing podcasts include valuable life lessons that are inspirational, practical, and even humorous. We hope you enjoy!

Sir John Kirwan, All Black legend, mental health advocate and Co-founder of Groov sits down for intimate conversations with incredible and inspiring leaders from all walks of life. JK, who has been the face of mental health in New Zealand for over 20 years, gets in-depth with every guest on their own wellbeing stories, what keeps them well, and how they are prioritising and championing wellbeing in their organisations and communities. Sure to entertain, inspire and provoke ideas, JK tackles mental wellbeing in the only way he can.

Mindfulness meditation has been shown in research to reduce anxiety, depressed mood, and even blood pressure. Additionally, it has been observed to be beneficial for improving overall quality of life. Engagement in activities that increase focus on positive thoughts and gratitude has also been shown to improve overall mood. This podcast involves 10-12 minute guided meditations with focus on positive words and visual imagery exercises. Set an alarm each day and listen to one meditation daily for 21 days to assist with creating a routine for yourself and improving your overall wellbeing.

The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly online podcast that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.

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. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbour. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead.

Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realise that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better. This show is good if you’re managing your own symptoms or know someone with depression.

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.

A podcast that brings fascinating conversations with some of the most insightful people in the world; helping people find their purpose in life.

Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them.

"My goal right from the beginning was that I wanted it to be a podcast that, when it stopped, you didn’t feel worse," says Cariad Lloyd, host of Griefcast, a weekly interview podcast where media personalities share stories about loved ones they've lost. "We’re all in this club that no one asked to join, and it’s really helpful when you realise there’s other people in the club. Part of grief is feeling quite isolated, so when you realise, ‘Oh, it's not just me,’ It does help." In each episode, Lloyd makes space for natural, unhurried conversations for her guests to talk about death where, in her words, "Nobody’s going to change the subject."

In this series, Olga Khazan analyses what it takes to change our relationships, our work, and our perspective—with a practical approach to one of life’s greatest mysteries: how to start over. Change can be really hard. Inertia is powerful, mortgages and marriages are long-term, and personality traits can feel pretty hardwired. But we’re in an era characterised by change. This series is your guide to starting over in the ways you’ve always wanted, why change is so hard, and whether it is, sometimes, overrated.

Marc Maron welcomes comedians, actors, directors, writers, authors, musicians and folks from all walks of life into his home for amazingly revealing conversations. Marc's probing, comprehensive interview style allows guests to express themselves in ways listeners have never heard.

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