One of the worst parts about mental illness is the way it can feel debilitatingly lonely; making us feel disconnected and isolated. When we’re going through something, our brains lie to us, often making us distance ourselves for fear of “being annoying” or “bothering people”.
Because loneliness is a result of perceived social isolation, it becomes difficult to measure–you can lead a relatively solitary life and never feel alone, and vice-versa. Unfortunately, many issues can stem from the influence of loneliness, including personality disorders, depression, suicide, and even an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
It is extremely important to know that we are not alone in our experiences, no matter what we’re going through. In fact, studies show that reducing loneliness can improve mental health recovery.
Compassion fatigue is alive and well in 2022–perhaps a little too well. From burnout, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and even difficulty navigating relationships, the past two years have shown how those issues are often connected.
We selected podcast episodes centered around these matters to help you feel more connected! In these conversations, you can find experts making their specialties more accessible, or listen to celebrities and real people talk about their mental health, how they cope, and more.
Research professor and author Brené Brown connects with people on the meaning of being human. She’s best known for a 2010 widely viewed TEDx talk on the power of vulnerability. On her podcast, she discusses new research on mental health, interviews experts and celebrities, and answers listeners’ questions.
In this episode, Brené talks to the iconic Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry about their new book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. The three of them define trauma, discuss its rippling effect on people’s emotional, physical, and social responses, and talk about how we can work towards healing from it.
Host and comedian Paul Gilmartin interviews celebrities, friends and, occasionally, doctors. On this podcast, Paul creates a safe space for his guests to have honest conversations about their mental illnesses, fears, trauma and more.
In this episode, Paul sits down with best-selling author Matt Haig to talk about his depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. The two reminisce about wishing, in their low moments, to be anyone else, even inanimate objects–anything to avoid feeling hopeless.
They also have a very real conversation on how suicidal thoughts aren’t death wishes. Rather, they talk about how it manifests as an inability to cope with being alive, especially when you brain is telling you you’ll feel that low forever.
Influencer Connor Franta’s new podcast–created in collaboration with Mindful.org–looks into how we, as a society, reached a collective point of exhaustion and ponders on what can be done to break that cycle.
According to the World Health Organization, burnout can be characterized by feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or negative feelings towards it; and reduced professional efficacy.
Workplace burnout and loneliness also intersect, causing potentially debilitating health issues related to stress. In this episode, Connor opens this new series with a closer look at the physiology of burnout and how it may present differently in people.
Humorist and veteran podcaster John Moe is joined by top names in entertainment and experts in the field for moving, relatable (and sometimes funny) conversations on mental health.
In this episode, Joe chats with author and therapist Megan Devine about the loss of her partner, grieving and when–or if–that grief becomes a problem. How far apart are grief and mental illness anyway?
If you’re still suffering from the effects of grieving after six months, you may be diagnosed with Prolonged Grief Disorder, but Megan does not think that’s necessarily a problem. In fact, she argues giving yourself however long you need to be upset about your loss plays a big part in learning to be true to one’s self.
In this podcast, therapist Esther Perel has honest, vulnerable discussions with real people and offers counsel on their relationship issues. In this episode, she discusses a couple’s ability to stay together after a betrayal, posing the question of whether or not they are even still compatible. He blames his bipolar disorder as part of the reason for his infidelity, but how much are those things really connected and is it fair to even compare the two?
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