8 Mental Health Podcasts To Help You Live Your Best Life


May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and fortunately, it’s never been easier to find good advice and solid insights wherever you find your favorite podcasts. Of course, no podcast is a substitute for a real-life therapist who can listen to your specific problems and create a working treatment plan, but they can be great for keeping our minds on what matters. Some of these are from actual therapists and psychologists sharing real sessions with real patients; others are wellness and mental health enthusiasts who share their own journeys in the hopes that their healing practices can inspire and guide others. If your brain is a bully, or you find it hard to have an attitude of gratitude, or if you’re facing serious issues in a relationship, these podcasts are ready to help. It’s time to get happy.

Renowned therapists and advice columnists Lori Gottlieb and Guy Winch invite us to listen in on real sessions, providing actionable advice and insights on everything from gender transitions to cheating spouses to chronic illness to estranged family members and everything in between. Plus, we get to hear from the patients after they’ve tried some of the advice to see what worked and what didn’t. If you’ve ever wanted to be the fly on the wall at a therapist’s office, Dear Therapists is the chance you’ve been waiting for.

Dr. Gail Saltz is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry, best-selling author, and psychoanalyst, and every Friday she answers our most pressing questions about body image, eating disorders, loneliness and depression, sleep problems, family disagreements about the Covid vaccine, boundaries, social anxiety, medication, relationships, and so much more. If you’ve got a problem, Dr. Gail wants to know: How Can I Help?

Devi Brown, Chief Impact Officer at Chopra Global and wellbeing educator, weaves ancient and modern practices into tangible healing tools to aid in emotional growth, radical self-love, healing intergenerational trauma, and more. She sits down with guests like Charlamagne Tha God, Nate Parker, Yung Pueblo and many more to talk self-care, intention, toxic positivity, ancestral healing, finding your purpose, and so much more, Dropping Gems – and workable advice – right into your podcast feed.

Each episode, Amy Brown, co-host of The Bobby Bones Show, discusses four things she does each day to promote overall well-being and an attitude of gratitude. With candor and warmth, she gets into parenting, grief, body image, simple pleasures, bad morning habits and sleep hacks, vision boards, recovery, inspiration, and much more, sharing her own struggles honestly and generously. 4 Things is definitely 4 you.

Michelle Williams and her friends share their own journeys with depression, anxiety, and mental health on Checking In. Whether it’s holistic healing with Dr. Oz, relationships and reciprocity with Dr. Dharius Daniels, investing in yourself with Kelly Rowland, the power of belief with David Imonitie, or advocacy with Macy Gray, Michelle is here to help you check in with yourself and others about our state of mind.

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist, goes deep into everything mental health in Therapy For Black Girls. Not only does she get into the expected topics like body image, boundaries, dating, and relationships, she also digs into stuff like understanding complex PTSD, navigating a later-in-life ADHD diagnosis, analyzing the connection between menstrual health and mental health, and exploring gender and gender expression. Find your joy with Dr. Joy on this podcast.

Singer and songwriter LeAnn Rimes has one powerful voice, and now she’s putting it to use on her podcast Wholly Human to help provide guidance for people who feel fragmented and disconnected in the world today. Breathing and meditation, trusting fear, mindfulness for skeptics, unblocking energy, self-care, and compassion are all topics she digs into along with her guests like musician Aloe Blacc, breathwork teacher Ashley Neese, and many more.

Emmy award-winning TV host Zuri Hall hosts Hot Happy Mess for anyone craving their best life, minus the burnout. You want to use social media more wisely? Manifest your perfect partner? Have the best sex ever? Master the art of the pivot? Get married (or break up)? Or maybe just hear from success stories about the best career and finance moves? She chats with experts about it all. We might be a hot mess, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be happy!

If you want to be sure you're listening to the podcasts everyone else is checking out, iHeartRadio has you covered. Every Monday, iHeartRadio releases a chart showing the most popular podcasts of the week. Stay up to date on what's trending by checking out the chart here. There's even a chart just for radio podcasts here, featuring all your favorite iHeartRadio personalities like Bobby Bones, Elvis Duran, Steve Harvey and dozens of others.

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