Wellness podcast and app recommendations: Healthy Minds and The Hilarious World of Depression


Podcasts and apps can be an excellent complement to your self-care routine. The Campus Wellness blog will be posting recommendations for podcasts and apps that might help you find motivation or cope with stress. These recommendations are made for educational purposes only. For health and wellness advice, always speak with your doctor or make an appointment with a counsellor.

Podcast recommendation

Title: The Hilarious World of Depression

Favourite episodes:  Hannah Hart or Wil Wheaton

Overview: In the Hilarious World of Depression, John Moe interviews comedians and other creative types about their experiences with depression and life. The conversations are open, frank, and often humorous examinations of a subject that is often swept under the rug. When John isn’t interviewing people, the podcast provides information about coping mechanisms that you can try in different situations.

Average length: Podcasts range from 45 to 50 minutes.

App recommendation

Name: Healthy Minds

What it is: A mood-tracking and problem-solving app.

Cost: Free

What it does: Healthy Minds was developed by The Royal, one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres. When you first enter the app it asks you to select your mood and then reflect on what happened before you started feeling this way. Your Timeline keeps a record of your moods and can help you analyze what makes you feel the way you do. The app includes breathing activities, stress-busting activities, and problem-solving activities to help you improve your mood. There are lots of resources included in the app to help you learn more about mental health and supports available to help.

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