Mental health podcasts, apps, and TV show recs

Got the lockdown blues? We’ve compiled a list of interesting resources to help yourself and others. Maybe you’ve already come across them, or some might be new, but now’s a good time to brush up on some of the particulars of mental health. Remember, check-in on your mates, even (especially) the ones who don’t look like they’re struggling.

Apps

MoodFit

A free app that lets you track your mood, journal your gratitude and track your sleep and nutrition. It will also give you exercises based on how you feel in order to address and challenge negative emotions.

Calm app

A great app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Follow guided recordings for beginners through to experts, to help lower stress, anxiety and get better sleep.

Smiling Mind

Australia’s free leading meditation app for all ages.

TV Shows

The Mind, Explained – Netflix

Learn about what goes on in your head. In this 5-part mini-series topics such as memory, dreams, anxiety mindfulness and psychedelics are explored. Although not every topic is on mental health, it gives insight into how the brain and mind works.

Movies

Inside Out (2015), 98% Tomatometer

Hear me out; although a kid’s movie, it’s a great one! Inside Out follows a young girl called Riley, whose family moves to a new town. The main characters, however, are the emotions in her head, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who try to balance Riley’s emotions as she navigates a difficult period. 

Stephen Fry – The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

Trigger warning: this contains references to suicide

An interesting insight into the lives of people who suffer from manic depression, narrated by Stephen Fry. Based on his own experience with the condition, he attempts to explain what it is and how it is perceived in society, through interviews with experts and other sufferers.

Podcasts

The Imperfects Podcast

Hosted by The Resilience Project’s Hugh Van Cuylenberg and comedian Ryan Shelton, this is a podcast to celebrate how perfectly imperfect we all are. Hugh and Ryan invite interesting people to bravely share their struggles and imperfections, and discuss some valuable takeaways we can all apply to our own imperfect lives.

La Trobe University Thrive Health and Wellbeing Podcast

The motivation for this project is a simple one – to utilise the wealth of knowledge and expertise within the La Trobe University community to provide easily digestible and relevant sport, health and wellbeing advice.

Bryony Gordon’s Mad World

Intimate conversations about getting unwell – and getting better – with Bryony Gordon. From household names to nurses on the frontline. Because mental health deserves to be talked about.

Web Resources

Self-Compassion by Dr Kristin Neff

Dr Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology Dept at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research and is the author of the book “Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself”. Her self-compassion website has many free self-compassion guided meditations, and some easy, written exercises to help you be more compassionate to yourself, and in turn, others.

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