Podcasts That Discuss Mental Health

Between the coronavirus pandemic, racial violence, climate change, and general uncertainty about the future, there's no denying that today's kids are growing up in tumultuous times. And, unfortunately, our own research has shown that anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are on the rise for young people today. We know it's not always easy to get kids to open up when they're struggling with their mental health. The good news? Podcasts are easy, accessible tools that enable kids and families to discuss sensitive topics. Stories of challenges and triumphs, tips and activities, and comprehensive information from experts: The podcasts on this list are all geared toward supporting kids, tweens, and teens as they navigate their mental health. They'll teach kids how to identify what they're feeling, ask for help when it's needed, and take care of themselves and others. For other approachable options when it comes to tackling difficult subjects with your kids, check out Podcasts That Spark Important Conversations and Podcasts That Help Kids Talk About Feelings.

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A Kids Book About: The Podcast

age 8+

Important relevant topics tackled, some difficult content.

Host: Matthew Winner (2021)
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American Girl: The Smart Girl's Podcast

age 9+

Talk show for tween and teen girls; promotes book series.

Host: Shay Rudolph, Jess Weiner (2022)
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Girls Make Beats Podcast

age 10+

Young female DJs talk life, music, and passions; empowering.

Host: Girls Make Beats (2021)

Canción Exploder

age 10+

Spanish-language pod goes behind the music.

Host: Martina Castro (2022)
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Mostly Mindful for Teens and Tweens

age 11+

Quick mindfulness practices to build resiliency.

Host: Dominique Sullivan (2020)
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This Teenage Life

age 13+

Teen-led pod offers compassion & advice on relatable issues.

Host: Molly Josephs (2019)
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age 13+

Explores how labels impact women; some mature topics.

Host: Meghan Markle (2022)
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Hold Me Back

age 13+

Father-son debates bridge generational gap; mild language.

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The Teen Life Coach

age 13+

Thoughtful podcast aims to support teens' mental health.

Host: Sami Halvorsen (2019)
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Mic Drop

age 14+

Teens tell their real-life stories; challenging topics.

Host: N/A (2018)
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She Persisted: Your Teen Mental Health Resource

age 14+

Teen mental health resource deals with difficult topics.

Host: Saddie Sutton (2019)