Having son that is bipolar your show has enlightened me more so on the daily struggles he faces each day. Having said this I’m very proud of him for him handling this since 18 now 52. To say the least he’s had his ups and downs but through it all he thoroughly educated himself along with his good doctors he lives stable life. Like you he’s live on the radio one day a week out of West Chester, Pa also has Podcast ‘Life Unedited’ if you wish you or your staff can reach out at the radio station WCHE and they’ll contact him for I believe he’ll make great guest on your show. Thank you for all you do by having such guest to listen to for not only for them that are living with this but also for parents, family and friends can come to have better understanding!
I discovered this pod about 5 years ago when I was in a really dark place. Literally searched “depression” on the podcast app and MIHH came up. I’ve been listening ever since. You’ve been there for me through a lot, Paul! Thank you.
Depending on what you’re looking for or the type of podcasts you’re used to listening to, this may take a few episodes. It may grab you immediately or take a few listens to get comfy. Once you get into this, you will (hopefully) realize how wonderful and helpful this podcast truly is. These podcasts have helped me through so many weekends and long nights. I absolutely love Paul and this show!
Best of episode #29 is a must hear episode.
I stumbled upon this podcast a few wks ago and find it to be a beautiful and funny coping resource... because so intertwined with healing and finding livable meaning is knowing that other people have similar frightening and depressive experiences too, and taking away the shame and secrecy from it all. Paul, your questions for guests are so great and really get to the core of what is happening in as much as it can be translated into language. Guests really dig deep because you seem to make them feel safe. Thank you! And I love hearing about your own life struggles. Tender stuff-
I work in mental health and find this podcast so helpful that I support them with a monthly contribution on Patreon. I find Paul Gilmartin to be a thoughtful host who is very therapeutic in responding to listeners' questions, and who is an excellent interviewer.
I've been listening to you off and on for years. You've always been there when I needed you most. Much love and respect ❣
Thank you. Listened to your pod for the Lyme case. I write to congratulate you on for your honesty. I relate. Thank you! Being of the w.... group you give me hope. Thanks
When I heard you support the trans community I thought well god damnit now I have to write a review because this man is beautiful. Thank you. Hearing your voice and these stories feels like being wrapped in a warm blanket.
Thank you Paul, and all the guests for being so open and honest. It really helps! Thank you for helping my perspective shift and teaching me to being kinder to myself.
l listen to them all because, while I do not share the same life experiences as the guests, hearing everyone’s stories make me a more compassionate, relatable, less judgy human.
I have listened to your podcast for over four years and look forward to it every week. You help more people than you know and you are not alone!
The last episode “ things we love” just moved me through my depression today. Made me feel something I haven’t felt recently. Simplicity.
But it is just too long. Maybe a bit of editing?
The episode with Kenny was so powerful, just beautiful. I would love to hear more from this incredible person.
I love this podcast and the occasional jokes and humor that catches you by surprise is great!
This is an amazing episode of an amazing podcast. This podcast has literally saved my life by helping me face my alcoholism and depression.
This podcast has gotten me through many dark times. Thank you Paul, for all you do in support of mental health & addiction
I was going to write a review, but detoured myself to read a few. The one entitled “so refreshing” was so refreshing to me that I’d be being stale in comparison, for we’re in unison. So go read what she wrote that’s totally spot on for someone new to the show, and what is only now being more fully appreciated by me who’s been a long long time listener. — Albert Cipriani
I used to love this show and am soooo disappointed to come back and hear the left wing politics and dogma incorporated into nearly every episode now. Such a bummer. :(
I’ve been listening to this show since my darkest times. Paul, you’re hilarious and I hope I can be as cool as you when I get super old.
Mental health is well addressed by a variety of patients and practitioners. Wendy Adamson is especially good!
Currently working my way through every single episode but have been listening to episodes out of order for years. This podcast is excellent with an empathetic host who is aware of his own privilege and background and owns it all for the listeners. We need more of what Paul does in this world. Thank you Paul!
I am new to this podcast, and I started with the episode of Tiffany Haddish and I’m listening to the most recent episode with a Native Woman. I just wanted to say not only is the content great and heartfelt, but it’s so refreshing that the host is a cis white male who you can tell earnestly does his best not to do any emotional violence to his guests that are marginalized people. It is also obvious that he takes it upon himself to educate himself and not look to those people to educate him, but balances that with an an understanding that he cannot really fully comprehend their experiences. He strikes that balance while having a gentle and respectful curiosity about experiences that are not his own. Thank you for a safe and respectful podcast. I also enjoy all your jokes and personal confessions about mental health. Thank you!!
FYI I am white and grew up in public housing, I was hungry didn’t have toys etc. There are white people you grew up in poverty not just other cultures.
I came across this podcast 2 years ago when i was going on very long runs to battle a severe bought of depression (still go on long runs, but now more for fun!). Paul is the perfect host for this podcast: he's empathetic and funny, and has a calming voice. He's always genuinely interested in his guests and a lot of those guests are pretty fascinating. I love that he also shares some of his struggles but will also joke about some too. It's hard when you're alone often and also think that you don't have anyone to discuss the issues with or that others don't understand. I think I've already reviewed this podcast (according to apple itunes i did in 2018 :-) ) but i don't care. It deserves all the praise it receives. P.S. thank you to opening up the back catalog of the older episodes. I discovered this late one evening on a walk home from the bar.
Been listening for years.
My recovery has taught me that you're only as sick as your best kept secret. Paul creates a safe place to voice all of those scary things going on in our heads. Thank you, Paul. I cannot even begin to say how much your podcast has helped me in my own recovery jourey. Thank you for helping me not feel alone. You are a true gift to so many. I hope you remember that when your own thoughts beome unkind. Much love to you.
I could (and might!) write many pages about how much I love this podcast, the host and creator Paul, and Gracie and every other guest. There is absolutely nothing else that I can count on to consistently soothe me when I’m wading through the dark and murky waters of my own mental health issues. When I’m feeling well, I listen and learn about mental health issues that effect the rest of the population. I listen when I’m well, I listen when I’m unwell, I listen when I’m hit with a crying spell, I listen when I’m feeling positive about the world. I listen and feel less alone, more connected, more worthy, more vulnerable, and more authentic. I cannot say enough good things about this pod. (And Paul, if you’re reading this, words cannot express my thanks for all that you do. Please take time to let my praise and positivity wash over you. You’ve saved me from so much unnecessary darkness and brought me into the light of understanding and self care/self love without EVER feeling like I’ve failed or I’m left out when I slide back into the darkness.)
One of the finest humans, and gift to mankind, Paul Gilmartin somehow makes depression, anxiety and self-loathing hilarious and relatable. I cannot love this podcast any harder! It’s about the only thing I can tolerate in my earbuds when my world feels dark and grim. Paul’s easy self deprecating wit, and clever humor make me laugh and smile often. I also feel less lonely knowing this exists. Thank you and Keep up the great work!
I love this podcast - Paul and his guests (and survey takers) are consistently amazing, and it’s so refreshing to hear honest, vulnerable, compassionate & hilarious talk about such important and seldom discussed issues. I always look forward to new episodes & gobble them up immediately! Thank you to everyone involved in making this!!!! ❤️
It is dark, but very honest. But it seems every guest has to agree with Paul. Paul's program discusses things that a lot of people think but can't express. I have to listen to other podcasts that are more positive to balance out the negativity. I look forward to his next podcast. I like Guy a psychologist who offers great advice to help you improve your life.
I’ve been listening to Paul for a several months now and almost all podcasts I feel liked they were meant for me. So many issues and experiences that I relate to. Yes!! I feel that. I’ve been through that! I thought that! Maybe I’m not so alone or off as I’ve thought all these years. Thank you Paul!
I found this podcast around 6 months ago and I have already voraciously listened to dozens of episodes while I commute in my car. Not only is the podcast incredibly helpful for issues regarding mental health, but the host, Paul, is incredibly funny. I have found myself laughing out loud while listening.
In my darkest times, this show carried me through, reminding me that I’m not alone and the struggle is actually pretty routine in the human experience. I love how this show normalizes discussion of mental health issues, flaws, guilt, shame, all of it. And that it does so with wildly dark humor. On nights when my cortisol is high and my brain demands playing back every stupid thing I’ve ever said, every embarrassing moment, and every poor decision, this show saves me from myself. This show is a cure for my anxiety. Thank you!
This podcast is part of my support team. I could talk about how it encouraged me to get sober, find a non-binary support group, set boundaries with family members, but somehow the most important thing is still the entertainment value this podcast brings me.
Sometimes Paul loses his faculty for logical reason to an astounding degree. In episode 38, he was talking about a person being severely abused, with a lot of conviction and emotion, and then apropos to nothing, said “or maybe [that individual] was being abusive”? Not in the sense of a complex situation, but rather in that he was completely changing all his apparent truthiness mid-sentence. For no apparent reason. It made no sense and it made me think that Paul is not a reliable narrator. If the truth is that unclear or malleable, or Paul is that much of a spineless wuss (that he will literally flip his position mid-sentence), what is the point of anything, including listening to this podcast?
Thank you, Paul, for making this podcast. You or a guest say at least one relatable thing each episode, or teaches me a valuable lesson. And you tackle difficult issues that most people do not talk about. Thank you for creating and holding this space- it helps to hear experts or other people who have experienced the myriad of things you discuss. It helps me (and others, to be sure) to feel heard and understood and also less alone in this world or in my thoughts.
I love this podcast so much! I'm in college now and it't great to have a place to listen to others' stories and know that you aren't alone.
This podcast is awesome. Even as someone who doesn’t really struggle with my mental health, I still find it intriguing, relatable, and comforting. I’m working through all the available episodes so I put it on while cooking, driving, or just relaxing! Highly recommend.
No matter what kind of issues you have (anxiety, depression, abuse, addiction, etc.) this show can help! Give it a listen.
Thank you, Paul. Just, thank you.
Thank you for getting people to talk. Hearing that people thought process the same ways I do about/through mental illness and have similar life experiences is so cathartic. I feel so alone even though I have resources. I’m a primary caregiver/single working mom for my two children under 5 with a teenage (ex) step daughter. I have Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety with panic attacks, I fear I may have some sort of schizoaffectove disorder because I hallucinate visually and audibly (though I’ve been told I’m probably just tired and stressed). I was in a bad marriage to a man with alcoholism and misdiagnosed mental disorders, and have had really poor romantic experiences with men for most of my adult life. When I open up about this or my nihilistic viewpoints to others they get so uncomfortable and so I wind up feeling this all alone. I’m also obese and comfort eat. I write, and try to make art when I can but it’s so limited being a mom. Just thank you so much for this. And digging in to your guests. Not just keeping it surface. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I really like this podcast and find the content to be interesting, thought provoking and valuable. I recommend for sure. That said Paul’s attempt at comedy in every single episode is so cringeworthy that I visibly do cringe and contort my face when he attempts to make any joke or silly comment. Many of the guests are noticeably uncomfortable when he does this and others try to just go with it but my god I wish he could realize how profoundly unfunny he is - so much so that it is frustrating and hard to listen to.
Excellent content and interviews! I’m in recovery and deal with very heavy depression and daily anxiety. This podcast helped inspire me to reach out and find a therapist during isolation. (Who I still see today!) Paul always reminds me that I am not alone and that my suffering is not unique, in a good way. The work he’s doing is important and empowering. His interviews are open, honest, thoughtful, intelligent, blunt, and funny. These dialogs shed light on all of the “dark” parts of ourselves we usually never reveal. I look forward to listening to this podcast every time a new episode is released. I hope it brings you as much enjoyment as it has to me. P.S. - It’s probably not something you want playing in the background when the handy man comes to fix something in your apartment. Hahaha Oh, trust me. I know! :)
This podcast acted as one of my closest friends during a really difficult period of my life. It holds a special place in my heart. Paul is dedicated to learning from his guests, his listeners, and his experiences in life-- he therefore sets a great example and also makes his podcast welcoming to all souls. This podcast also introduced me to a resource that has made all the difference in my sister's life and therefore indirectly in mine. Thank you, Paul.
I must admit when I first listened I was having second thoughts but found myself tuning in every night for a new episode! Good interviews. I wish they would have more male interviews and more topics regarding anxiety -GAD or panic disorder
Thank you for a real look into mental illness and trauma of all kinds. This podcast has made me smile, laugh, gasp, and cry. It has educated me, made me feel less alone and reminded me not only of my own strength, but of the incredible strength and complexity of humans in general.
I love many things about this podcast, but my favorite is hearing Paul be willing to discuss sensitive issues such as race and gender identity in an HONEST way; he’s willing to admit when he’s been wrong or has grown or changed his mind. Way too few people will talk honestly in that way. Thank you Paul.
I guarantee John had personality disorder or bi polar disorder before he went crazy and he was self medicating... I can relate I suffer from this and are now Medicated
This is a great podcast- I feel like Paul is one of my friends....he keeps it interesting funny and wanting to hear more!!!! I’ve shared this with friends and they enjoy it too!!!
Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
I have been listening to this podcast for 4 years now and I am never disappointed. Paul does a wonderful job with this podcast and I learn something or gain insight every time I listen. It’s clear that Paul has done his own work in therapy and his insights and comments are pure gold. I love the dark humor and that Paul isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. Paul interviews interesting guests and is so kind, understanding, and empathic. This podcast does so much to destigmatize mental illness and gives a real look at the people who struggle.
Paul Gilmartin is a gentle, easy-to-listen-to host that brings the darkest parts of our hearts and mind to light, not to shame, but give them some fresh air. His interviews are insightful and informative; from psychologists to everyday human beings. Paul just doesn't poke and prod for the sake of morbid curiosity but helps alleviate the heavy pain of isolation by not only discussing these issues but the coping and healing tools used to manage them as well.
I love Paul. He does an amazing job at interviewing and making sure that people feel heard. He has experts on different areas of mental health is very informative. This show has enriched my life and helped me beyond measure. It’s educational, supportive, honest, raw, and somehow funny. There really is nothing like it.
Cynical, caring, real, honest, always there for you ... Love you Paul! 💜
Thank God I could fast forward the episode with Chris Smither so I could finally hear the man speak.
I’ve been listening to Mental Illness Happy Hour for years, every week. I’m continually impressed at the way Paul shows up in interviews and while reading surveys and feedback from listeners. He models exactly the kind of strength in vulnerability that is the basis of real self expression, exploration and healing. I deeply appreciate that he refuses to turn away from the darkness in our minds and histories. Every time he says “the hardest things to say aloud are the things that suffering listeners most need to hear, “ I cheer his and the contributors’ bravery. We need a safe place to practice witnessing and saying difficult things so that we can create that space in our in-person relationships. I’m so grateful this podcast exists!
Resonates with feelings I don’t want to talk about
Guest Andrea Brandt could not remember the story the host was trying desperately to engage her in. She couldn’t remember. Aging and happiness??
I’ve been listening about a year and I shared it with my partner today, he giggled at the title but we both think this is the best podcast ever!
I have been trying to gather my own personal army of support and have found a great home, (“waiting room” where I’m not alone and am able to be myself, good days and bad days, and it’s always alright to feel my feelings and not just hide them behind my mask, because it’s what finally caused me to break and forced me to face my feelings who won’t even try to help me.), to hangout in and feel like I’m finally understood, accepted and loved. Paul has great taste in guests and I am actually sure some managers and publicist hate him and that’s why he gets the real answers and real stories of the people who have been around for a long time and just did something bigger that might have gotten them noticed by the industry or even by the public or they just wanted to come on Paul’s show, because he helps people and maybe through his own life experiences and humor, (which he freely shares, wanted or not! lol I’m just kidding! Just an example only I'm not as funny!), and laughter is very important it’s therapeutic. So he’s great 👍🏻 His guests are great 👍🏻 The listener surveys are great 👍🏻 (Listen to hear those. I’m going to fill one out soon....) Remember, You are love 💕 ~Jen 🦋
This podcast has helped me through some dark times. I laugh, I cry, I connect with Paul and his guests. He's the realest out there.
Hi Paul the host is the best, very real connect with it 100% for anyone looking to feel normal this is the place.
I was looking for help and knew I wasn’t ok but didn’t know what to do. This podcast comforted me in knowing I wasn’t alone, made it feel normal, provided resources, and gave me a place to feel hope that I could over come the struggles. I’m on the mend and still refer to these podcasts on bad days. I feel much better. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your podcast feels like a hug telling me it will be ok. Thank you!
Interesting, comforting, entertaining. I love hearing Paul & guests thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This podcast has really helped validate a lot of my feelings and think through them. It’s helpful to know you’re not alone.
Thank you so much Paul, for the generous work you do. This is an amazing podcast you’ve created with your big and honest heart. There is so much to learn and grow from in this lifetime and feel so grateful to have found you in this “journey”. :-)
I recently started listening to podcasts while also really addressing my major depression, anxiety, PTSD and just general mental health issues. Finding this podcast has been a blessing. There’s something about the relaxed conversation vibe of the podcasts that makes it feel like you’re just hanging out with friends - very understanding and open and honest friends that somehow understand you deeply and make you feel much less alone. I’ve always been someone who listens to music on all my drives and throughout my day, I don’t think I’ve opened Spotify once since finding this podcast, I absolutely love it and how there is a massive library of content that anyone can find something for them. Thank you Paul and guests!
Thank you Paul for doing what you do. Today I listened to Depression, drinking & fear! It is super uncomfortable to talk about depression and it is very unfortunate that we can be supportive to a sour throat, but not be supportive for depression! It is nice to hear I am not alone!
Sounds creepy but podcast literally is a part of my life now. Paul has an amazing gift of making people feel ‘normal’ and comfortable in ones self and mind! It’s the perfect amount of deep and hilarious. I get so excited when i see a new episode and i save it for my hour drive to work hehe, might have a pod crush on paul but hey. Anyways love love love it please don’t ever stop the show!! xoxo Amy
I’m from a small town in Georgia and having a mental illness is very hush hush. I have severe depression and anxiety. Listening to Paul and the guests he has on his podcast shows me that there are other people in the world who have mental illnesses and I’m not alone ❤️
Paul thanks for helping all of us stay woke...lol but seriously minus the visceral reaction I have to some of the surveys, I love love love everything your doing. The plethora of information I get to absorb from the many experts and just other struggling humans personal stories is priceless. It’s like learning all the insights that come from therapy (I can’t currently afford therapy) so your show has been like a beacon of light in the darkness. I am curious though if your depression is treatment resistant because your are constantly submerged in all of your listeners/survey writers/ &guests trauma...just a thought 💭 especially if your empathic 🤷♀️ anyways keep up the good work you are truly an inspiration. 🤗
Could you imagine how much better our lives would be if everyone would be involved in opening up their mind before their mouth? Beautifully constructed, open conversations with no judgement, this podcast could save the world.
Making a very long story very short, this podcast saved my life.
I have been listening to the mental illness happy hour for over 3 years. This podcast helped me to shed the stigma of therapy and get myself the help I deserved. In 3 years I’ve gone from a massively codependent depressed anxious man to a slightly codependent rarely depressed rarely anxious man. I owe a great deal in part to the candor of Paul and his guests. While listening to the podcast I have come across major revelations through things Paul and/or his guests share. I take note of the quotes and dissect them with my therapist. We discuss and find the reason why each quote affects me. I owe a great deal of my personal recovery to this show. I generally don’t review podcasts or support them financially (I know, I’m terrible) but I have been a long time (over a year and a half) Patreon patron of the show. You are not alone.
Paul has created a safe space for guests as well as listeners to share their stories of struggle and triumph with mental illness issues. He has mostly non-celebrity guests, and reads anonymous surveys from listeners. He adds his own levity and humor to the seriousness of it all, without making light of it. It's worth listening.
i have been looking for a good podcast for a while and stumbled upon this one. clicked a random episode and fell in love. he is very passionate about what he’s doing & you can hear it in the way he talks. his guests are always perfect. the right amount of humor is in there but he’s also able to get very serious. i get chills when i listen. i am so excited to listen to more!! <3 :)
Your podcast is a gem. It's wonderful,refreshing, inviting, heartbreaking. In one word: bittersweet. Thank you for being authentic and pure and bringing all of that in making this. <3
The “Mental Illness Happy Hour” is the Best Podcast Ever! Host Paul Gilmartin is super smart and brings on the best guests who talk very openly about their life stores and topics to do with recovery and mental health concerns. He’s also really really funny. It was a life-changing podcast for me because through this one, I found out about many comedians, other podcasts (most notably Festival of Friendship with Steven Brody Stevens), and many great books Paul recommends and discusses. Truly my favorite podcast ever.
Is easy to listen and to choose an episode that takes you to talk about what are you feeling I am glad I found this
Claiming to be an expert but also saying you believe somebody should go to hell seems quite contradictory in the vaste land of mental health. Tread carefully. Not that it matters with the quantity of your reviews and tenure, but your words within a single podcast made me sick to my stomach, and I am quite liberal in my acceptance of verbiage.
To start this podcast is very left wing. We all have politics in some form shoved down our throats everyday, I don't want to voluntarily subscribe to a podcast that does it. I like podcasts that just cover the trials and tribulations of dealing with mental illness and leave politics out of it. This one is just not for me.
The pattern has been, so far... every Friday a new episode. It’s something I look forward to every long week. Listening to this podcast has opened my mind to the idea that I’m not alone. Thank you Paul!
Paul lets his listeners in on the secret that we're all flawed and many of us are broken. But healing is never hopeless. Listening to his podcast has been a learning experience for me and I'm grateful that he takes the time to discuss listener and guest struggles with great empathy. The subject matter is tough but I find it so enlightening to hear that none of us are alone in any of our experiences. Thanks, Paul!
If you're not seeing a therapist, listen to the MIHH. If you're seeing a therapist, listen to MIHH. Either way it helps in a big way. Paul's attitude is wonderfully crazy and his guests get very raw. My favorite part is that he collects and reads annonimous surveys that have helped me more than you can imagine. I recomend this podcast to everyone! Paul, you mean a lot to me <3 Thank you for doing this podcast.
Two episodes in and I’m so thankful I started.
Real talk: I think I’m in love with you Paul... Thank you for the gift of normalcy your show continues to provide this lifelong social outlier. I’m less tortured by my mental illness and the trauma and abuse I’ve survived with each episode I’ve listened to. I’m especially grateful for the episode on grief. Thank you for the permission I desperately needed to be devastated by the loss of my best friend, even though he is a cat. I’m at a loss for words to describe how much this podcast helps me. All I can think to say is that it has been a catalyst for removing the miserable from my existence. In gratitude, Illuminadia
My number one favorite podcast hosted by the amazing Mr. Paul Gilmartin. Or, as I think of him, the Studs Terkel of mental illness and family dysfunction. (Shut up, Mean DJ, it's a COMPLIMENT!) FYI, for the youngsters and furreigners who aren’t familiar with him, Studs Terkel was the Paul Gilmartin of just about everything else. And now that I’ve outed myself as well over 45—but still younger than you, Paul—I’ll fall back into my wheelchair. Anyhow, thank you, Paul, for making me feel less alone.
It’s super intense though; you gotta listen in installments. Well worth it.
Paul provides such a great service by doing this podcast. He has a way of making his guests feel at ease and to open up and be vulnerable. He reads listener surveys which, for the writer of the survey, is an amazing way to safely express their dark thoughts, secrets, or shame to thousands of people and still maintain anonymity. This podcast helps me learn about people with issues different than mine, but it also helps me see I’m not alone in my own struggles.
I’ve only recently found The Mental Illness Happy Hour, but I am a huge fan. I never knew there could be a safe place to be honest and not fake a happy face/mood. Paul, your voice has become immediately soothing as I travel for work. I can feel my blood pressure and anxiety lower as soon as I tune in. Thank you! I’ve recently decided to put my money where it matters and become a monthly donor. You are changing lives! Thank you!!
Such a good podcast. Anyone interested in mental health or struggling with it needs to listen.
I love this show. Candid discussions about “the battles in our heads” that run contrary to complaints about “PC culture,” but still offer Paul’s thoughtful and honest perspective as a man who has been on the wrong side of addiction, mental illness and toxic masculinity.
This is my #1 mental safe space right now. There's no beating around the bush, this pod cuts right down to the emotional infection and releases the pressure. Every voice shared by the guests, the surveys, and the host is unflinchingly honest, vulnerable, and neurotic in the best possible way. Every hurt is met with tenderness, compassion, validation, and levity (or expletives) where needed. Thank you Paul for your earnest and unfiltered approach to sharing the burden of the human experience. You're doing a good thing.
Thank you for doing what you do. Have you done a show on constant suicidal thoughts that never go away not even when life is good?
No, the movie wasn’t awful, but the mental anguish the guy had to deal with was. If you haven’t seen it, then I’d recommend “Welcome to Marwen.” He has PTSD flashbacks, and struggles with a subtle unawareness of another problem too. I don’t want to give away any surprises, but it does have a happy ending. Great example of using art to portray mental disorder and confronting issues in life.
Since I started listening to this podcast, I have learned and realized so many important aspects of my mental and emotional health. Absolutely love Paul! He is so sincere and have my kind of sense of humor. Love when mean DJ voice shows up. I look forward to a new episode every Friday. Thank you Paul for putting on such good podcast consistently!!!
I happened upon the episode with Andy Richter and have already had so many insights. And it’s so easy and enjoyable to listen to. I can’t wait to listen to more.
About a year ago, I was so depressed and desperate for help. I searched for “podcasts for depression” and found this one. Because of your experiences with Better Help and therapy, I felt encouraged to seek help. I am about 7 months into working with my therapist (whom is amazing), 12 step groups/meetings, and a men’s group. I trace this success back to you Paul, thank you! Josh
This podcast is a quality listen. As somebody who loves the deep conversation and emotional breakthrough side of life, Paul’s dark humor paired with the severity of mental illness provides a comforting, thought-provoking experience.
paul gilmartin has single handedly saved my life on more than one occassion. For the people who fill out the surveys, thank you. You too are spiritual soulmates who help me. Let's get through accepting all the love and pain and hurt and joy...all while knowing we are indeed worthy of this life.
This podcast is inspiring, empathetic and raw. Its like a weekly B12 shot of humanity and strength. If I could take a daily dose of MIHH instead of Wellbutrin, I'd be on a shorter road to recovery. Thanks Paul
There is nothing like listening to someone else talk of their mental struggles, trauma & family issues to help you deal with your own. I’ve learned so much from listening to these stories. Thank you Paul!
This is one of my favorite podcasts!
I’m going through a tough time in my life and listening to this podcast has made me not feel so alone, and has given me comfort, especially the one with the heartbreak dr. I highly recommend this podcast if you have mental/emotional issues and or drug/alcohol issues.
Just discovered this gem of a show. Paul is a wonderful, calm presence and he really creates a safe space for his guests to open up and share their truths, bringing us all to profound insights while restoring our humanity. Highly recommended.
The topics are relatable, the interviews are spot on, and the surveys’ slight voyeur aspect is enough to scratch that creepy itch ,we all have, of wanting to know another human. Well done.
I am so happy I found this podcast. It is so nice to listen to the raw truth about the awfulsome that we call life. I wanted to leave some updated feedback. I’ve listened to every single episode of Mental Illness Happy Hour. I’ve been a devoted follower for years. I am a better person for it. If mental health interests you at all, if you suffer from mental illness, or someone you love does, please listen to this podcast. If you’re a parent please listen to this podcast! Paul Gilmartin is my hero.
Paul and his guests provide some incredibly compelling content for those interested in exploring their own personal evolution & development. Highly recommend listening and subscribing to Mental Illness Happy Hour if you want to get exposure to a wide variety of conscious thought and learn how to experience life with a new emotional resilience.
Mental health talks from people who have dealt with it the hard way. There is JUST enough jokes and light-heartedness mixed in with the intense interviews so it makes it easy to listen to(without having a panic attack!). I literally went and got help after hearing some of these stories. Super helpful, go and listen!
I am of the personal opinion that podcasts should be an hour or under, 90 minutes at the most. Some episodes on this podcast are over 3 hours! I enjoy many of the guests but tend to skip Paul’s opening monologue and surveys at the ends to get through the episodes more quickly.
The most realistic conversation about mental illness that you will ever hear. Hang in there Paul. And I guarantee that I’m not the only one who has been saved by this show.
His podcast is so helpful to me. I’ve tried to connect with him a few times through Instagram, but I never get a response. I think his audience would grow if he interacted in this way. I decided to support him monthly anyway. 💓
This is the only podcast of many I enjoy where I’ve listened to every single one -hundreds of them. Paul is amusing and relatable. I’m very interested in psychology and have a few issues of my own, so I really appreciate learning fascinating things (entertainment value) as well as feeling comforted by the frank discussions and learning so much (education value) about how to deal healthily with my own disfunctions and those of so many others I know and love lol! On top of all that, I appreciate the conversational style of the podcast which does allow me to multitask (work) without losing the gist of the topic. I think Paul is providing an amazing service to so many by doing this work, and I only hope he gets the support needed to keep it going and to make a living too. His closing words “Remember you are not alone” are a comfort to so many who need to hear it, myself included. And they capsulize aptly the mission of this great work.
Nice to hear others talking about their struggles openly.
I love this podcast. Only listened to a few but I keep finding myself nodding my head in agreement to many issues discussed, as I suffer from anxiety and depression. Keep it up guys, we need more of this type of discussion, especially in the wake of these school shootings. Anyway thanks guys!
I have been listening to this podcast for years and have always appreciated its honesty, compassion and humor. All of the guests have compelling stories and Paul really has a knack for making each episode interesting and relatable, even if the problems that the listener is dealing with seem vastly different from the issues being covered in the episode. This podcast has really made me realize that everyone is confronted with serious problems throughout their lives and has led me to be more compassionate and understanding, especially toward myself and those around me. It’s a fantastic podcast and it’s funny as hell. Thanks for your hard work Paul!
This podcast is amazing and I have been an avid listener for about two years now.
So in the world of people trying to get better through sobriety, serenity, program and all the work it takes. This podcast goes into so many details about lots of topics. Thank goodness you are not a narcissistic psychopath and you don’t make fun of people going through it. This podcast has inspired me to get to therapy. All the programs in the world don’t offer that singular approach. Each and every one of us are important and I love this podcast. I walk my dog for an extra hour tuning in and I’ve been able to help others and myself. I can identify with some of your guests and it has helped me pinpoint things that were wrong. I mean! What else can you ask for?
Hello, I've been listening to the podcast since the beginning. Paul and all of his guests led me to seeking help for myself finally. It's a long process but listening to the podcasts proves people can heal from anything. Takes time and work but it is so worth the effort. Please give this a listen. Thank you Paul for all that you have done.
This podcast was a necessary part of my recovery during my recent divorce, which I sincerely believe would have been a far more difficult process without it. Thank you Paul for having the courage to tackle difficult subjects every week and for being a tangible example of a truly empathetic person.
this podcast is a must-listen for anyone who thinks that their experience of mental illness makes them unworthy of love or respect.
I absolutely love this podcast, and after about a year of regular listening, Paul feels like a old friend and it’s a comfort to hear his voice and laugh at his ever so relatable self-deprecating jokes with each episode I listen to. One of the rare places I know of in life where people are truly real, feelings and experiences are validated, warts and all are exposed and embraced, and there’s lots of genuine warmth and laughter mixed in with the dark and painful stuff. It makes me think, helps me understand, makes me feel connected and less alone, makes me laugh, entertains me, and I learn so much by listening. I love it so much and am so grateful it exists, and that you are doing what you’re doing Paul. Thank you a million times from the bottom of my heart <3
Keep up the great work! As a psychiatrist and a human, I love listening to the show and appreciate your experience, thoughtfulness, openness, and sensitivity. Thank you for helping everyone who listens to feel less alone.
Paul, who have given me so many wonderful hours of heartfelt interviews. I'm a therapist and find you insightful, open and so honest. Mahalo for your loving dedication.
It helped me realize that I needed help in more than one way. That's the hardest part but things do start to get better
Even though you state this is not a replacement for “ real therapy” your show has helped many and I wanted to say thank you
Topics are so interesting, but he does so much talking! I want to hear the guest!
realest darkest beautifulest podcast that ever was. deth to frosted poptarts, Paul for prez!!!
This guy is funny, intelligent, genuine and compassionate. This podcast is very therapeutic and enlightening. To the host: thank you for creating this podcast. Don’t listen to the haters, seriously. Keep doing what you’re doing.
The MENTAL ILLNESS HAPPY HOUR is the reason for my somewhat stable, somewhat (at times) bright mental state. It's the reason why I started YOU, ME, EMPATHY. It's been so integral in my mental health journey. Paul, you are a beautiful human embracing vulnerability and empathy and kindness in a way that reaches the hearts of so many. Thank you.
Love everything about this podcast, give it a listen.
Oh Hannah!I suffer from MDD and unspecified bipolar .i take Wellbutrin 300 mg ,a benzo for anxiety and sleep and I feel as though I have 1/2 a day out of the month when am me.I don’t even know myself anymore!!!!!You had me at the last 5 minutes ,How can I access the genetics testing?I wanna live and feel the world through my eyes
This podcast has taught me so much and is a amazing resource and source of comfort. We need to listen to the shared stories of these guests, especially during these dark times.
The host is exceptional, funny, and brings serious topics to the table without things getting too stuffy or rigid. The hosts and guests are all very open minded and the discussions always feel very well balanced. Paul Gilmarten is an exceptional interviewer, does not interrupt, and allows "moments" to happen. The surveys he reads from listeners are always very interesting as well. I've been listening for at least 2 years, am a patreon supporter, and hope this continues for years to come. Give it a listen!
If you suffer from mental illness or just want to understand more about people who do, this is the best podcast. I’m so glad I stumbled onto Paul’s podcast through NPR One. It’s informative, therapeutic, funny, dark and real. Literally my favorite podcast. Thank you, Paul!
An amazing podcast. Really informative.
The premise is brilliant. Especially if you’re an addict (me). All due respect to the host for trying, but he’s only giving lip service to giving deference to the guest. When you have a professional on, don’t talk to them as if you are also a professional in the field. I’m coming off the ep with the couples therapist and I had to turn it off 30 mins in. Let HER be the authority. You are the student.
Everyone should listen - those with a mental illness and those living with people who do. The discussions are real with real people and how they have found resources to live with mental illness. If it weren’t for this podcast, I would have never known about Dr. Webb and her book Running on Empty. This introduction has provided clarity and more support.
I am fascinated by the depths that people will go to get their “needs met”. Especially when they have ideas and plans that are not only mischievous, but often murderous and twisted. This podcast satisfies!
Paul’s Dad jokes will grow on you, I promise.
I listened to this for a while and eventually got fed up with the overall amount of victim-playing that the host encourages. He has an excuse for everything and it’s just annoying after a while.
Since I started listening I never miss an episode and get sad thinking about a world where this podcast does not exist.
If you’re feeling like the only person out there living in some ratchet nightmare realm, it ain’t just you booboo. If you need to eavesdrop on deep talks, this is your medicine. Paul forever.
This podcast is absolutely amazing and has helped me in so many ways. If you struggle with any type of mental illness, this show is an incredible support. Entertaining, insightful, and helpful!
I’ve been listening to this podcast for years, just getting around to leaving a review. Without this podcast my life would be much different it has allowed me to learn a lot about mental illness and individual struggles and grow as a person thanks Paul Gilmartin for your work and for putting out a great show.
This podcast has really helped me in validating the struggles I have with mental illness. If you struggle with it too, you'll hear a lot of stories from those like you, how they manage it, how they laugh about it etc.. It really helps me personally to feel less alone in what I'm going through and I'm so glad Paul does the show and gives people like us a voice.
This podcast is hilarious, informative and always makes me feel good after listening. One of the best!
Saw Paul in the Ear Buds podcasting documentary, decided to give this pod a listen. Glad I did. Keep up the excellent work!
I can’t stop listening to this podcast!!!
Paul and his guests provide the most valuable information on all forms of mental illness and the most healing humor for those that struggle. Thank you for this podcast, you have kept me afloat through the hardest time in my life and given me so much perspective and understanding in my journey of recovery and management.
Been listening for about a year now, and I figured I should give a rating (:
I listen to this nearly every day. Paul is becoming a trusted friend and the podcast is my support group. Thank you.
Paulie G is my affectionate nickname for the amazing host, Paul Gilmartin. I became an immediate fan several years ago after a writeup on this awesome podcast in AV Club. Binged on the first 150 or so eps as soon as I reasonably could. Listened regularly after that and donated monthly when my finances were in better shape; because Paulie G is that consistently good and because he’s proven his dedication and heart. This past year, my attention was focused work, kids, and on the dumpster fire that started on Election Day, 2016. The time for self care has returned and I find that Paul is STILL there. So, new listeners, please know he has six years of the best content. And I’m back, grateful he’s still there.
Paul is a cool guy and the podcast is very informative.
This Podcast is the best on mental Heath. Funny but emotional help you to feel better because you can relate with others. Paul, thank for make me again when I listen your PODCAST Silviabb
Entertaining, helpful, and not to be missed.
Thank you, Paul!!! Your vulnerability & the generosity of your guests to be open & honest, do not go unnoticed. It has truly helped me realize my feelings are not just mine, but so many other people continue to process family relationships one way or another. Cheers!!
This podcast makes it okay to talk about topics that most people wouldn’t normally share. It reminds people they aren’t alone. I absolutely love this podcast. ❤️
Paul, you keep me company during rough times and you have such a comforting voice. I appreciate you so much!
Favorite thing ever. Wanted to say more.
This was a life changing podcast for me.
This podcast makes me laugh and cry and feel like my strange kind of crazy isn’t actually. When people are honest, their truths are so relatable.
Its raw and honest. You will cry. Paul has started something truly amazing that has let me know that I am not alone...and I will forever be greatful.
Paul has the ability to bring you to tears and crack you up in the span of 5 minutes
This amazing man has helped my through so much. Gave me the strength to final seek therapy and how to love myself. Is a must hear.
Paul Gilmartin makes mental health issues approachable. Such a needed mindset in this day and age.
Love this Podcast! The guests are so beautifully vulnerable and brave. This podcast shows that brokenness is something shared by all and helps me feel less alone in my struggles.
Deep dives into a lot of mental illness topics! Super specific info. Very personal conversations. Nice to have for long walks or what have you, a fun and winding journey but with a reliable structure.
This is a great podcast about mental health and he guests range from comedians who talk about their issues, survivors, and experts in the field. Paul Gilmartin is a great guy who delivers the sometimes very heavy subjects with wit, intelligence, self awareness and empathy. He’s built a great community of fans and brings a lot of comfort to those who feel alone in this.
This podcast helped me feel less alone and less ashamed of my depression and anxiety.
For anyone who can feel crazy and alone due to mental health issues, this show is for YOU. I have learned so much about mental heath and I’ve learned so much about myself from listening.
This podcast helped me so much when I felt anxious and depressed. Paul is an empathetic listener and this podcast has helped so many. Thanks!!
I recently discovered this podcast and absolutely love it!
One of my favorite podcasts! I love how Paul interviews people. I can feel his sincere empathy for others, which allows them to be comfortable and candid. Its nice to know I am not the only one struggling through life. This podcast makes me feel less alone. Thanks Paul!
Brilliant topics and guests. Paul is like a friend to me because he opens up about so much in his life and his mind and always has me saying, “me too.”
Excellent, very interesting and helpful podcast.
Paul is so empathetic, heartfelt and insightful in his interviews and the stories he tells. I happened to find this podcast in 2013 when I was going through depression. Paul and his guests gave me the motivation to reach out and find help. Throughout my highs and lows these past few years, Paul has been a mainstay. Thanks for everything, Paul!
This is not only one of the best made podcasts I've ever listened to, but it provides a hugely important and needed social service to help those of us who struggle with mental illness understand and relate to their own experiences, and helps people who do not have a mental illness get a glimpse into the alternate reality that many of us live in every day. Paul's vulnerability and genuine compassion (along with his humor) makes every episode feel like a long overdue hug from a best friend
There I was, falling into the abyss of my depression, like a kid sledding down a hill on a snow day, and this podcast caught my eye in the top charts. I have struggled with depression, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD my entire life and always felt so alone. No matter how much love and support you get from others it isn't the same as knowing people truly understand. Paul, his guests, and the listeners who fill out surveys provide a raw and realistic view of what it is like to exist in this word as a person with mental illness, and listening over these past few months has brought my obsessive thoughts of feeling broken and wrong to a near stop. For anyone who doesn't want to feel alone, who wants to understand the people in their lives with mental illness, honestly, everyone. This podcast could change the world if we all listened and tried to understand each other the way Paul does.
So wonderful and personal. A great companion
Thanks for delivering such a wonderful podcast and for always asking guests the questions I'd love to hear more about.
I can't recommend this podcast highly enough. The subject matter is very important and the host brings a vulnerability and honesty that is both refreshing and touching. He shares things that are very hard for him and shows his love and trust in his audience and allows us to love him in return. I look forward to downloading the new episode every Friday and listening to it while I drive to see my girlfriend. I wish Paul the best and I hope he gets more subscribers to this safe space where all his listeners feel comfortable sharing anything from a funny moment to a dark secret.
Paul, since discovering your podcast earlier this year I've been making my way through the archives, returning to new episodes as they're released. I love this podcast. It's made a positive impact in my life, and I'm constantly recommending others give it a listen. Thank you for all of your hard work, the guests you interview, and for being so authentic. What you're doing matters and it's important.
I listen to podcasts all day long. All. Day. Long. So I feel like I'm kind of an expert. But I also see myself as a jigsaw puzzle expert. This podcast is so different and comforting and insightful. I really like Paul's talking quirks too. Paul. Don't quit. I hope you read this review and it guilts you into never quitting this podcast. Amen.
This is my all-time favorite podcast in the history of the world of podcasts. The host, Paul Gilmartin, is my hero. This podcast saved my life in winter 2016-17 when I was housebound for six months (and for three of those months, I was bedbound) with the Epstein-Barr Virus. It was the sickest I've ever been in my life. I listened to this podcast all day every day to keep my brain from focusing on the completely and totally agonizing physical pain of Epstein Barr, and the emotional pain of being dumped by my boyfriend for not getting well quickly enough. I've recovered from the virus as of May, but I continue to listen to episodes of this podcast, pretty much all day every day. I've listened to all of the episodes by now, so now I'm going back and listening to many of them a second, third, fourth time. I've written down dozens of quotes from Paul and the interviewees because they resonate so much with me. If you or a loved one has a mental illness, you've gotta listen to the Mental Illness Happy Hour. I LOVE this podcast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very happy that I stumbled upon your podcast! I love your honesty and your guests are great. Please keep up the good work. Thank you :)
I cannot begin to explain how much I love this podcast. A friend of a friend suggested it and from the first episode, I was hooked! I am a fan of all things psychology/therapy/self-help so it is no surprise I became a fast fan. But what Paul brings to this podcast is so much more than just any one of those things. He brings his own self, his vulnerability, his humor, his humbleness, his injections of potty-mouthed phrases (which I love), his honesty and earnest love for community and connecting with others. I love "sitting" with him and his guests as they open up in the present moment and talk about their struggles. This podcast has helped me so much. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, any trauma, and/or the likes... take a seat in this "waiting room" where you are definitely not alone.
Paul Gilmartin's guests struggle with many difficult mental health issues. I love that this podcast works to fight stigma and undo many stereotypes. Gilmartin shares his own journey, from the hilarious to the heartbreaking. Well worth the listen. Farewell, Herbert.
I started listening to this podcast in the late fall of 2015, when I was deep into a major depressive episode. I couldn't listen to the episodes fast enough. Paul is an excellent host -- funny, charming, loving, non-judgmental. I wholeheartedly recommend it. In a way, I think it saved my life.
Paul's selection of guests and topics address the issues that pain us, but are not spoken about in other forums. Through his efforts I am reminded that I am not alone!
This is such a great podcast. Paul's humor and empathy along with his interviewing talents make a fantastic show. Very touching on many levels. Great if you tend to beat yourself up or minimize your own pain. You are not alone!
This podcast really makes the world a better place and I feel so happy to have discovered it this year. Saint Paul Gilmartin's open, refreshing, and humorous take on daily struggles is everything. If you are looking for a little solace turn here...and pass the unfrosted Pop Tarts, thanks!
I've been an avid listener of this podcast for over 5 years and can't recommend it enough. It is has been an integral source of support, destigmatization, and healing. Paul is an excellent host who is relatable, honest, sharp, and hilarious. I am grateful he chose to channel his struggles and pain into an accessible platform that gives voice to an area in which so many suffer. This podcast is helping change the narrative on mental illness and has empowered me to seek help and challenge stigma in myself and society. Thank you, Paul. We love you.
Thank you thank you thank you for doing this. Please keep it going. This is likely life saving for so many people. Fantastic interviews with a great interviewer on all topics mental illness. This is essential to lowering the stigma of "mental illness" and helping everyone realize what they've got going on. Also, really funny!
Most honest host I have EVER heard in my long LIFE. He is not afraid to tackle any subject. Puts out his own vulerability. Shares his own story to the world. Has GREAT tips.He is funny too. Now about the show...some WONDERFUL interviews that can lead you to further discussions and research. It can be very motivating that you are NOT alone with your thinking or issues no matter HOW CRAZY you are. If you don't need this yourself listen for those you know who do. No pruessure to BUY things...just honest about $. I suggest that you isten to the host being interviewed in 2015 first to know where he is coming from.
This podcast has been so important and helpful to me as I try to work through my issues. Paul is an extremely thoughtful, funny interviewer. The guests get real and raw in such powerful ways and the anonymous surveys give a rare insight into people's darkest thoughts and feelings which has taught me a lot. Thank you Paul!
I truly appreciate how the host provides updates on what's going on in his life, his setbacks, reactions to it, and what he has done to change it for the better. I also like hearing his guests life experiences, and knowing that I'm not alone with some of the life trauma that I've also experienced.
There's an episode for everyone in this podcast. It's incredibly emotionally and spiritually restorative. Do yourself a favor, find an episode you can relate to (or not!), and leave with much more than you came in with.
This show was one of the only places I felt understood when I was going through the worst of post traumatic stress due to sexual assault. I've cried, I've laughed, and I've learned a ton. Thanks for offering this, it does make the world a better place!
I started listening to this podcast when I was going through a dark time and it was so comforting to hear Paul and others share their stories. Gave me hope and the courage to seek help!
The Mental Illness Happy Hours is ; informative, real, thoughtful, and humorous. Paul Gilmartin, the host, allows guests and listeners to freely express their emotions in a safe nonjudgemental environment. Paul's humor, compassion, and interviewing style allow listeners to connect with the guests in a deeply personal manner. I recommend this podcast to everyone I meet.
If you are battling mental illness or simply want to understand more deeply how mental illness affects people, this podcast is for you! Paul Gilmartin is funny, compassionate, and very well informed. I cannot recommend this podcast enough.
I look forward to this podcast every week. It's the first thing I listen to on Friday mornings.
I feel so lucky to have found this podcast a year and a half ago. It's helped me a great deal when I've felt alone, or just when I'm looking for something to listen to while I relax or take a walk. I love Paul and his guests' raw honesty, and Paul's wry sense of humor.
Constantly listening has helped me in so many ways! Absolutely my #1 podcast
I am in full agreement with what the other reviews appreciate but here come the complaints. Please cease hijacking the interviews - often the guests lose their train of thoughts (usually right when it gets interesting). Please be aware you tend to cut off and even correct women way more than men. The self deprecating "humor" is tiresome. I think that's it, and thank you for this podcast.
It really is a nice support if you just want to dip in and feel like your not alone. Also gives you some real perspective on life hearing other people problems and how hey have tried with varying degrees of success to manage them.
We're so used to being who we've always been and our experiences are all we have against which to weigh our reality. Hearing Paul and his guests share their experiences and struggles give us a new perspective...maybe it's time to talk to a professional or see a doctor? I wish podcasts were around way back when. I look forward to each new discussion he has with his guest.
This podcast has kept me company in my darkest, loneliest days. It has encouraged me when I thought I was beyond help. It has inspired me to make so many positive changes in my life, including addiction recovery and attending support groups. I literally would not be where I am today without it. Paul is hilarious, empathetic, warm, and kind. His guests are always interesting, sometimes hilarious themselves, and he's great at digging for the good stuff. You can learn so much about yourself and other people just by listening. Do it, now.
It reminds me that mental health is always something that is fluctuating, and requires just as much attention and effort as physical health. But with an upbeat, positive vibe.
Are funny mental health podcasts a thing? I don't know, but maybe they will be after enough people hear Paul Gilmartin's humorously compassionate interviews and surveys. I've been listening for years and I highly recommend this podcast.
Paul and his podcast are one of the reasons I'm still here today. The guests, host, and surveys are a reminder that none of us has to struggle through life's crappy parts alone. It gets super real sometimes and can be triggering but if you're listening you probably have an idea of your limits and if not, you can always press pause and fast forward. Also- write Paul emails!! He always responds and sometimes reads them on the show. The surveys and emails (he calls them the "3rd guest") are the best part! If you're struggling with mental illnesses or want to know more about people that are, listen to this now.
Picked me up through a rough time in my life. Thank you.
I found this podcast when searching for pods on depression and PTSD. I was hooked immediately, I love the surveys, the guests are fascinating and Paul is a breath of fresh air. I lost a beloved pet and it triggered my depression to come back, while listening to Paul I realized that my depression was deepening and I had to get help before I went under again. I got help and am making great progress, Thanks Paul!
This podcast may trigger you at times, but for anyone with mental health struggles the interviews are both captivating & nurturing. The host is thoughtful & quick to admit when he is wrong. The guests are generally pleasant & interesting.
I found this podcast a couple years back and I still look forward to the new episodes every week. There is always someone whose story just makes something click with me. Paul is a great interviewer who has done a lot of work of his own and you can understand that well in his honesty and compassion he shows his guests and listeners. He's also pretty funny! I recommend this podcast to people often. You're doing great work, Paul. Thank you!
I have met some great friends at happy hour! Thanks Paul!
It is fascinating to hear the stories and struggles of peoples lives, and through them I gain insight into my own. I could not recommend this more, it is truly helpful and inspirational. Thank you so much Paul, for what you do. You are helping so many of us.
Sampler brought me to this podcast, I heard a clip that was so raw and full of emotion that I couldn't help but check out more. Unintentionally boring is not something I want in a podcast about mental health. I want to hear high quality stories about people and their struggles. Unlike The Moth and This American Life, the story takes way too long to get there and the host does a poor job of keeping the train moving along. I found myself fast-forwarding to get to the point. Speaking of the host, he seems to have an agonizingly long prologue about his life every episode before bringing on the guest. The whole thing is interminable and I won't be tuning in anymore.
Paul - I’m finally getting around to reviewing the show, sorry it took so long. Your contribution to expanding awareness for Mental Illness is a wonderful resource. When I think about the word, “grassroots” I think about this show and how I now it’s making a difference in the world. I have felt supported on some dark days by the openness of the surveys and guests.
Entertaining but raw lots of sensitive subjects but much needed discussion that needs to happen more. I respect how much Paul is able to share with his listeners and you can tell he truly cares. Helped me open myself up to receive help as I heard countless stories like my own and unlike my own but great reminder you are not alone.
This your podcast helps to pull me through my black waves. A life ring in the wretched sea of being Borderline. I am getting help, and am in recovery, but it's still a lonely journey. Thank you for keeping this most worthy project afloat.
Definitely makes me feel like I am not alone. Topics discussed are tough are sometimes hard to listen to, but almost always 100% relatable. Have already recommended it to almost every person in my life. Great podcast.
I discovered this podcast about a month ago, and I listen to at least one a day now. I love Paul and I love hearing so many different stories- some I relate to, others I just learn. It plays while I'm getting ready, driving in the car, or just chilling in bed. I've recommended it to so many people and really think everyone should listen to it. It's made me laugh, cry, and my jaw drop. Every story is so unique and so honest.
Seriously love this podcast, listen every week!
It's not about mental illness; it's about mental health. Paul befriends his audience and creates an open and safe virtual space.
In my darkest moments, I always return to this podcast and am able to feel less alone.
Paul's ability to balance some seriously heavy material with just the right amount of humor is extremely impressive. The guests are amazingly raw, genuine, and at times heartbreaking. Every story is a multifaceted look into the depths of human experience. I've learned so much about mental health from this podcast, and have also come to realize that every one of us is going through something, or having strange thoughts, or feeling inadequate or nervous or hesitant or afraid. This podcast is a comforting, weekly reminder that we're not alone, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Never ceases to be informative, entertaining and emotional. Has influenced my life and even my politics in significant ways.
I've been listening for several years and this has become one of my weekly therapy sessions. Paul has really created - if I may say- The Mental Health community of the future! Has taken it so far as to make it his primary occupation and what has now blossomed into a thriving interactive (online) community. First up - he shares about himself. Paul if you didn't have the performing background it may have made a teeny difference, but listening to you is like an everyday guy I would meet at ...lets say PetSmart buying a treat for Herbert and Ivy 😉
Great podcast, love the host Paul Gilmartin. He has the right mix of serious and humor for these topics.
I love this podcast and appreciate so much that is encourages and provides a safe space to real talk.
I am so very grateful that this podcast exists.
This is an excellent podcast. I've listened to ALL of them. My only request would be to find some older people to interview, that is, in their 80s, 70s, etc. After listening to today's episode, I kissed my cat for Paul in memory of Herbert. Peace with with you.
The best no ifs and or BUTTS about it! Paul is a great person trying to be a better person how can u go wrong. Love Herbert RIP
I think I stumbled across this podcast because Paul F Tompkins was a guest (and I'm a fan), but I became obsessed with the pod very quickly. I have the say, the level of honesty expressed in this podcast with all the guests is unbelievable. Its rare to find this in real life. Its helped me in so many ways. Not only to seek help for my depression, but to be more open about it with my friends and family.
Get on this. It's a public service.
Thank you so much for this podcast; without it I wouldn't have realized just how serious my codependency levels are. I've been trying to work on it without realizing it, but now that I know what it was this whole time I can really look into ways to get better, which is huge for me because I've never really been surprised by other mental definitions applied to me.
I was a podcast holdout forever. I finally decided to check out what podcasts were all about. One of the featured shows was The Mental Illness Happy Hour. It sounded interesting since I suffer from mental illness, but try to laugh about it some. I was hooked very shortly into the first episode I heard. I'm very honest about most aspects of my mental illness, but there are some things I am deeply ashamed of or have never shared. To hear these same feelings from other people was SO freeing. Another great aspect is that sometimes someone will say something that makes me really think, and I can talk about it in therapy and find a new way to deal with those issues. I cannot recommend this podcast enough. I love Paul Gilmartin. He's doing such a great service. A+++++!!!!!!!
Fantastic podcast. Love the honesty and the laughs. Paul, I don't care what anyone says, the character voices are my favorite part!
If you struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, addiction or any other myriad mental health issues you will find something here that will give you a little, or a lot of, relief. There are so many different issues covered, so many different types of personalities and experiences, you will find someone here giving voice to your battles, your inner thoughts, and many times with info about ways to cope and things that have worked for others to combat the daily slog through the problems of mental illness. Paul Gilmartin is wonderful host who blends humor, candor and extreme vulnerability to make you feel like you are listening to a friend. A friend who is honest about their struggles, who addresses listeners concerns and is always open to differing opinions. He is thoughtful, empathetic, patient and kind. And makes me laugh often. Give this podcast a listen, even if you aren't suffering with mental health issues it may open your eyes to what someone else you care about is dealing with.
This is my new favorite show and it has honestly ended up changing my life. I started listening to this podcast six weeks ago just to hear this one comic being interviewed as a guest. At first I was scared by the episode descriptions - such almost comically dark topics! - but as I dipped my toe in, listening to the first few episodes with my finger over the pause button in case it got “too much,” I became addicted to the truthfulness and the intimacy of the show. Now I can barely stand to listen to the other podcasts I used to listen to because this show’s level of bareness, authenticity and honesty feels like the new standard to me. There’s something in every episode that I relate to, and every few episodes, I find that I get some great insight or new practice that I want to incorporate into my life, such as EMDR, support groups, and somatic therapy. By hearing so many people’s stories, you start to see patterns in human experience that help you understand and be gentle with yourself and others. Keep up the great work, Paul!
THANK YOU AGAIN, PAUL! Your podcast got me through some dark times a few years ago. I try to recommend it to everyone.
Paul gilmartin is one of the most open-hearted compassionate people in the world! This podcast will teach you more about mental illness, being you to a community who live with mental illnesses, and teach you more about yourself!
I listen to this podcast every week. I would reccommend it to any one who struggles with mental illness, and I bet those who don't would learn a lot from it. It's helped me understand a lot about myself and others, and more importantly it's helped me become a stronger person. Thank you so much, Paul. You're saving lives and changing them for the better every day.
Authentic, funny, relatable
It's just so freaking reassuring to listen to other people struggling with the same things I do, or less or more. It's just really awesome to know that I really am not alone. It's one thing to hear that, it's another to hear someone describe the same feelings you feel. I laugh, I cry, I sigh, I get afraid, but mostly I feel consoled.
It's simply the most captivating and life affirming podcast, which continually validates the darkest parts of ourselves and gives certain hope that one day we can be well. Paul is hilarious in his darkly sarcastic and optimistic hosting, and he creates a place for sublime vulnerability. I'm so happy this exists.
If I wanted to listen to politics I'll subscribe to political podcasts. I used to love this podcast but I can't deal with the hijacking of the Facebook posts & the negative intros having to do with politics; sad when my safe space is now triggering,
This podcast is a safe place. It's refreshing and real.
This is a podcast I always go back to. Paul is funny, empathetic, and has such good instincts when interviewing guests.
I look forward to listening every week. Paul is supportive and funny, I always learn something new. And I'm always reminded that I'm not alone! 😊
By far the most amazing podcast!
This podcast is so wonderful it drowns out the negative voices in my head and I know I'm not alone
Awesome Podcast that makes you feel better when you are down. Mental illness is something serious that people avoid.
This show has made a difference in my life. It helps me keep from beating myself up about parts of my personality I don't like. It's also given me more compassion for other people and the unseen struggles they endure. One suggestion I have is consider separating the surveys of listeners and the guest interviews into separate episodes. The surveys and the interviews are so different that sometimes I just want to hear surveys but not an interview.
This podcast helps keep me going. Hearing Paul and his guests be so open and vulnerable about their mental health struggles makes me feel like i'm not alone. Thank you, Paul. I love this podcast so much.
Oddly or maybe not oddly enough, my therapist pointed me in the direction of this podcast. Paul is quirky and direct and wonderful and makes me realize that I'm not the only one who fights everyday to win the battle against mental illness. His guests are enjoyable and the surveys really do reinforce that we are all in the battle together. Thank you for what you do. It makes a difference to me and it matters.
I don't normally write reviews for any podcast but I have to do it on this one. Listen to it. It is profound, deep, it goes down and deep into the souls and deep feelings of us humans. I love it.
Such a great show. I wish I had more time because I can't listen as often as I used to. Be warned, the episodes are LONG but oh so worth it if you have time
I have tried listening to this and can not keep it in my rotation anymore. I know many who struggle with their mental health and unfortunately I can not recommend that they listen to this show.
I love Paul's podcast and look forward to listening to it every Friday. Keep up the good work!!
Even though it's sometimes uncomfortable, it's nice to know I'm not alone in the struggle against mental illness.
I became addicted in a few days. Whenever lonely, I listened and felt an instant and happiness/connectivity boost. It also inspiried me to find a support group. My life is better for this podcast. Thank you.
Paul Gilmartin has managed to achieve that very difficult middle ground of helping you understand that your struggles ARE noteworthy and they do deserve being addressed, while simultaneously helping you feel accepted as part of a large group of similar people, because so many others deal with the same embarrassment, pain, secrets, etc. He commiserates with you while helping you acknowledge the legitimacy of your pain, and thanks to Paul's podcast, I'm feeling like I'm not the only one who has these embarrassing issues; most importantly that I do deserve, and CAN FIND peace within myself, and happiness. I'm making plans for my future again because of Paul Gilmartin.
This podcast has helped me so, so much during difficult times. Paul Gilmartin is wonderful.
Knowing that successful people feel the same things that I internalizing has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I've been so depressed and suicidal lately and go to therapy but this podcast has lifted me up so much more than anything else I've tried. Lucky I gave it a chance when I saw it on the featured section.
Thank you for this wonderful show. While starting a nonprofit, this show has become a must listen for my volunteers. Thank you for helping break resistance against disorders! We will be in touch! Xo -Chris
I just listen to the most recent episode where he interviewed Mara- i've seen and heard so many good reviews that I thought I would give it a try, I can get past the first 10 minutes because he cussed out a listener, someone who listens to his show-everyone is allowed to have an opinion-and I feel like you're allowed to be upset about whatever said opinion is-but I don't really like shows where a person passes out the people that listen to the show so I couldn't get past it
Listening and processing and finding the words to communicate with the people in my life. Thank you.
It's really interesting to listen to the struggles of other people; it helps me have empathy for them when I might otherwise forget to. The world with a little more empathy is a better one.
Look forward to this podcast every Friday!!
I just wanted to say thank you for the show. Love it
If you have ever had mental illness or have a loved one who suffers from it, listen! Often funny, always informative.
Let's you know that you're not alone in your thoughts & feelings -with a funny twist mixed in. Great interviews with great people not ashamed to share their life struggles.
I am so grateful to have found this podcast almost a year ago and I can only hope that Paul feels the appreciation and love I send to him each week upon listening. It is so refreshing as a survivor and mental health professional in training, to have someone so blunt, accepting and human to bring me the affirmation each week I so desperately need to remind me I am not alone. I have found such a peace and sense of belonging within this podcast and I aspire to pay the same sentiments forward. The lack of sugar coating and the complex issues dealt with each episode are what helps maintain my hope that together, through exposure, we can come together and erase the stigma of mental illness. Thank you so much, and may all others who stop by find peace and comfort as well.
For real, this podcast is so cool and interesting. Equally comical and heartbreaking. I cry and laugh at least 2 times each with each episode.
It's hard to put into words how much I appreciate this podcast. Paul is so thoughtful, understanding, and empathetic. I love hearing people tell their stories. I feel like its impossible to listen to this and not feel less alone in the world.
Hits the nail on the head with bringing real experiences to a normalized space for individuals to feel like they are not alone and gives hope for the healing process without judgment.
Paul you are a blessing. Your podcast has taught me more about my disease than I ever learned in therapy.
I was raised by a bipolar alcoholic mother (whom I clashed with), an alcoholic father who (whom I was extremely bonded to), and found my father dead at age 15. I developed and eating disorder but got through those years and ended up being a decent human being some how. Now I'm in my late twenties and really looking at my life. The podcast has been such a blessing. I'M NOT ALONE! I go to counseling but can only afford to go once a month. I find the podcast very insightful.. Thank you. I wish I could join you for an interview. I can totally relate to many of the stories.
Fantastic one of a kind podcast. Sensitive, funny host, great interviewer, very mind blowing and educational. I have found so much comfort in listening to this. You definitely stop feeling so alone with whatever challenge you are dealing with from depression, anxiety, OCD, sexual trauma, addiction, chronic pain, and numerous other afflictions we struggle with as human beings. Best podcast out there. Guests are always good and their stories always interesting. So much to relate to. Thank you Paul!!!
Life-changing podcast. Very intimate and eye-opening. 10% good jokes and 90% real talk.
I started listening to this awesome podcast and felt very triggered by it. I thought about it and made me think about therapy, support groups, etc. it's life changing and cannot ever thank Paul enough. The very least I can do is make a donation :)
I discovered this podcast at just the right time, when i was dealing with stuff. I started with Maria Bamford's episode which is incredible. Then moved on to other comics i was familiar with. After that I listened to every new episode. I love the survey's. Paul is a great interviewer and has created something bigger than a podcast. Thank you
Explains the struggles of mental illness with grotty truth, compassion and humor.
This podcast talks about subjects no one wants to talk about with sensitivity and self-deprecating humor. It's great to know I'm not the only one who struggles with certain things I don't want to share.
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I truly believe de-stigmatizing mental illness is one of the most important causes. All of us know someone, whether we realize it or not, who is suffering with mental illness, like depression, anxiety, addiction, anger issues, negative/compulsive thinking, trauma or self-esteem issues. This podcast is on the frontier, doing the hard work while maintaining a sense of humor. I've gained an incredible amount of empathy for others and insight about myself from this podcast. I encourage you all to check it out.
This is absolutely a podcast for everyone. The more we talk about mental illness, the more normal we all feel. Love love love this podcast.
Easily my favorite podcast. Paul is a wonderful host who shines a compassionate light on the experience of mental illness and the variety of human suffering, and he does it with warmth, humor and sensitivity. You may feel you are among friends as you listen to more episodes due to the openness and intimacy on display here. In addition to a very broad range of guests from evey walk of life, Paul invites his listeners to participate with surveys and forums on the website. Most of all, you'll know your not alone. Always delivered with a message of hope and empathy, this podcast is more than entertainment. I look forward to this podcast more than any other. Highly recommended.
This is the most meaningful and positive podcast of this format. I was skeptical, comedians aren't usually my ideal mental illness hosts, but Paul is perfect at what he does. I've been telling everyone I know about this. So helpful, so meaningful.
I love this podcast. It's extremely heavy and heartbreaking at times but to hear the triumphs and recovery of each guests struggles gives us all hope. Without the darkness we would not be able to see the beauty in this world. Paul is the perfect mix of comedian and compassionate friend that we all can relate to and discuss the heavy issues with. This podcast is exactly what everyone needs to hear.
I have been listening for a few years now and this podcast is one of the few things I look forward to every week. I have learned so much about life and I am constantly laughing at Paul's and his guests' jokes. Paul is also really good about responding to emails in a timely manner which is great. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.
This podcast reaches out to me more than any other. It's nice not to feel alone in a world of madness.
Focused on getting all the way real about the inner daily struggle interspersed with just the right amount of laughter. Paul is so incredibly honest and empathetic, a true champion of destigmatizing mental illness and promoting self care.
No exageration, this show might actually change your life.
It's such a relief to know there are other people like me
This show is magic. Thank you.
I have been listening for over 2 years. Paul's honesty and compassion mixed with the complex stories of his guests make for a brilliant show.
I'm happy I discovered this so late after it started because now I'm able to binge listen without running out of episodes for a while! depression and anxiety can be such a lonely experience and this podcast has really helped show me that I'm not alone. It has helped me realize that I have some pretty unhealthy habits and has helped me reach out for help. Thank you!
If you're looking for a podcast that talks about the important things in life then this podcast is for you. It's deep, insightful and most of all helpful. The podcast focuses on mental health with a sense of humor and candor. It talks about what's really going on in our daily lives and how to deal with the chaos of our world. I listen to it daily and can say I am a much better person for it.
Great podcast and very personable
So powerful, healing, and eye-opening to listen to. I recommend this podcast to anyone looking for intimate, honest, open, and sometimes heartbreaking or hilarious content.
Coming from someone who lives with depression and anxiety it is great to listen to other stories on how they cope with other mental illnessess. Though we struggle sometimes daily in this hell we call life, it is good to know we do not struggle alone. Thank you Paul for continuing to make this podcast!!
De-stigmatize mental illness and listen to this podcast! These are the people living with the illnesses, surviving, struggling and helping to normalize something that is just as common as any other ailment. Saved me in during some of my darkest days. THANK YOU!!
This insightful podcast is so valuable to me. It makes me feel less alone, has helped me find some important insights about myself, and has pointed me toward a book that changed my life. Paul is awesome and open, and his guests are brave and interesting. I'm so glad I found this podcast!
I know Paul states the podcast isn't supposed to act as or replace therapy but as someone who has never sought out therapy but wants to, this podcast feels like a great first step and push to do so. I never though any of the weird/uncomfortable things that happened to me growing up were uncommon but hearing other people's stories and being able to connect and relate is very cathartic. Paul is a wonderful and gentle soul and I really enjoy hearing is and others' take on different experiences and thoughts.
lI get something from every podcast with 3/4 (.750) have sent me reeling into some a;tered state of consciousness. PTSD catalepsy and brief apoplexy . Hey sickos this will make you humble and your shame wll cower away from greatest dysfunctional dysphoria discussions. Never met Paul and yet I think he could get a good story from my soul frame. See you in 500 hours
I listen to this podcast when I commute and I love it! It has made me feel like I’m not alone with my disorder more than any support group or doctors visit. Paul is the perfect host both compassionate and funny. Thank you Paul for doing this I’m sure you have helped many people!!
A very interesting podcast that helps me understand more about myself and others.
Nothing has made me feel felt, heard, and less alone than this podcast. I have listened to every minute of every episode so far as the date on this review. The way Paul (the host) and the podcast has grown over the years and helped me grow is exactly what i needed in my life. Paul's honesty with who he is and the listeners make me feel like I can trust a man I've never met. Please give this podcast a listen. There's at least one episode that has something for anyone, you won't regret it.
I never took the time to write a review or rate a podcast because its not my kind of thing.But this one I felt a moral obligation to do so. It is really the best one out there.
Great job!!!! This podcast helps me so much. I know I am not alone. After he interviews his guests he reads story's (surveys) from people who share their symptoms. Every thing from workplace bullying to dark sexual feelings. I suffer from schizoaffective disorder and this podcast is a great companion to my therapist and shrinks advice. Thank you for this podcast!!!!!
This is probably the most important podcast- everyone would benefit from listening to this, in terms of creating more compassion and solidarity since so many people suffer or know someone who suffers from mental illness.
So many episodes to listen to. And the discussions are so honest and open and candid, it's really nice to listen to people communicate that way and share their story and things about their life in an open way. It really inspires and helps spread the message that you are not alone in your suffering or your experiences. Thank you for this podcast. I'm only on episode 15 out of two hundred-something, but I'm continuously listening everyday at work along with a couple other podcasts I love and follow too.
I absolutely love Paul Gilmartin. He is doing god's work. There is so little discussion around mental illnesses and so many people suffer from them (often unknowingly). How do you get help for problems you can't recognize?! I struggle with depression and anxiety. It is a wonderful thing to be able to hear others talking about their struggles and how they cope. Paul has turned me on to support groups. I never thought I would be the support group type, but it's great because you just cut all the bs small talk and get to the stuff we're all dying to talk about. This life is about human connection and so is this podcast. Paul is a delightful host, and his self deprecation makes him all the more love able. He says about himself what I think about myself. I'm so glad I've been able to have the mental illness happy hour during one of the most difficult periods of my life. I don't know how I'd get through without Paul!
Sometimes mental illness gets lonely but w this Podcast, it’s never that! It’s serious and humorous. Paul is an incredible host and the guests NEVER disappoint. By far my favorite Podcast!
Have you ever wanted to: - Burn a positive affirmations self-help book? - Punch that chipper extrovert at your job? - Marry your bed? - Press the restart button on your life so you can just start over because by now you're just irrevocably broken? Yes? Then this podcast is for you! It took me a little while to get into this podcast because of the raw, unedited feel of the show, but that's now one of my favorite aspects of it. Paul is the most genuine, unguarded, and darkly funny person I've ever encountered in any kind of audio-visual media. The interviews vary in appeal for me, so I kind of pick and choose, but they are consistently done with sensitivity, compassion, and a wicked sense of humor. In addition to interviews, Paul integrates listeners into the show by inviting them to fill out anonymous online surveys, many of which he reads on the show. These surveys round out the show and give it an emotional power that I've not heard anywhere else in podcast-land. They give proof, without a doubt, that there are thousands of us out there struggling with the darker aspects of what it means to be human: all flavor of psychological disorders, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, self-loathing, shame, addiction, neglect... you name it. This is not to say that the show is all doom and gloom. On the contrary - the main message seems to be this: YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN AND NEVER WILL BE IN THIS ALONE. YOU HAVE US. (And have I mentioned how funny it is?)
It's so easy to feel alone when facing mental illness. I surely felt that way for many years. After subscribing to this podcast, every episode I listen to makes me feel like, well, I'm not alone. Hearing about other people struggling with the same things I do gives me hope and a sense of camaraderie of fighting a battle with a team instead of by myself.
It will change your life for the better.
There's so much about this podcast to appreciate. After years of struggling with many mental issues and feeling invisible, I now know... That's completely not the case. Real people, real issues, real honesty, real hope, and really what I need right now. Totally hooked!
Paul is a really engaging, compassionate host. You can tell he cares about his guests, his audience and the overall subject matter of the show. There’s also just the right balance of irreverent humor in there for comic relief. Some interviews are hit-or-miss, but that’s pretty much every interview show. Not all of his interviewees are natural storytellers, but they almost always have interesting backgrounds and insights on the topics at hand.
Such captivating and informative stories. I learn something new from every episode. In doing so, I am able to learn that I am not as crazy as I once thought. Thank you for that!
Love this podcast...it makes me feel that I'm ok..
I'm a podcast junkie and have to admit this one is my favorite. Paul is the perfect host given his compassion, empathy, uncanny ability to get to the root of a guest's issues, and exquisite sense of humor. I've learned so much about myself and about mental illness from this show. Absolutely love it and highly recommend it.
Most people I know either deal with mental illness or love someone who does. This show is a soft place to find some commiseration and support.
This podcast is soothing, easy to listen to, and extremely interesting. I highly recommend it.
Listening to this is the best thing you can do for yourself besides therapy.
Found this Podcast after my 3rd hospitalization for suicide attempts. I knew I needed help, and was looking for it anywhere and everywhere. It's so great to know that there are others out there like me. Paul mentions often in the Podcasts where you can go to find Counselors and gives many knowledgeable facts about mental illness. I learn something new each time I listen-which is every day. Thank goodness there are back issues for me to go back and listen to because Paul just doesn't post them fast enough for me. There is explicit language so be prepared but don't be swayed. Remember: You Are Not Alone!
I wish I give more than 5 stars! This show is a lifesaver.
This is a fantiastic show. It is really thought provoking and genuine. It helps me with my issues a lot. It can also be lighthearted and funny, which is really helpful with uncomfortable topics. I think the more people hear someone else tell their secret story, the more likely they are to share. And that helps the next person, and the next person. What you do on this show effects people's lives. Don't ever stop.
The main reason I listen to this podcast is to remind me that I'm not alone. Paul reads surveys from people who have finally found an outlet to open up and talk about how they are feeling. He also interviews people who have struggled or are currently struggling and shares in their pain and joy. I really hope this idea of bringing mental illness out of the shadows starts to catch on. It needs to be talked about more.
Great job. Thanks for bringing the strong women & giving people the space for and the listeners access to vulnerabilities about which we rarely discuss.
I just discovered this podcast and have been binge listening ever since. Paul is so raw, uncensored, real, and honest. For someone struggling with recent depression, this podcast is exactly what my life has been missing. Thanks Paul!
I am in the midst of a career change into counseling from finance--big change. I had doubts, a freakout really, about the choice I made. In listening to Paul's podcast I have reaffirmed my interest in this career choice and my confidence in my capabilities to make a worthy contribution to it. Thanks so much!
This is a fantastic podcast. I have listened to almost every episode and am caught up enough that I immediately listen as a new episode shows up in my notifications. Paul is incredibly funny and honest. I've never heard anyone put people at ease where they talk so openly about some of their most private moments. As a therapist and fellow human who struggles with most of the angst and struggles of guests and listeners...I have learned so much as a professional and feel validated as a person who struggles with the stress of life, trauma, and managing daily tasks. The humor and self deprivation matches my humor and ability to look forward positively. It's a must listen and makes my drives peaceful and full of laughing and learning. A perfect podcast. Paul...you are loved. Don't change who you are. Hearing about your struggles with humor and honesty is refreshing. You would be surprised how many are addicted to dogs, documentaries, serial killers, and learning about what make people tick.so validating. Thank you for being a part of my life.
I don't know how I came upon this podcast, but I'm so grateful that I did. Since I began listening, I've learned so much about myself, mental illness in general and I've strengthened my ability to empathize with others. I'm still in the waiting room, but closer to finding help for the issues I'm facing. Good to know I'm not alone and that we're all a little messed up.
I've been listening for YEARS! Thanks to Paul & guests, Always fascinated by each episode.👍🏻
I discovered this podcast in a depressive episode during the summer of 2013....what a light in the darkness it was! The variety of guests have help me learn so much about my mental illness and recovery as well the struggles that others have gone through. Friday's are even sweeter knowing there is a new episode waiting for me to listen to. If your ever feeling alone in your mental health struggles, this is definitely the podcast to turn to to feel less alone. Thanks for the great podcast Paulie G! Sending Love from Vermont. <3
As the owner of a drug and alcohol rehab center that serves both co-occurring adults and teens, I have been both impressed and obsessed with this podcast. It can’t get any more more real than hearing from the source itself. Personal lives that are entangled in the clutches of everything from a vast array of mental disorders, substance use disorders and both at once. An eye-opening discussion of life on life’s terms. Don’t miss out.
I always have been,and always will be, a fan of this show. Paul is the man.
I've downloaded and listened to about 5 episodes- a mix between old and new episodes. The episode that REALLY got to me is the latest as of today, Monica Hernandez's episode. Everything she has said to a T is my life and my experiences. It's amazing that there's someone else in the world just like me. Thank you.
I have now listened to 20 or so podcasts. Paul Gilmartin is caring, knowledgeable, funny, sad, supportive and ultimately positive. I have suffered from severe depression all my life and know a lifeline when I see or hear it. He is that. His guests are open and honest. They are struggling and self aware. I hear a lot about the recovery process and how one should be striving for that as there is healing in the work of trying to get better. I am thinking a lot about that and Paul's determination to be a support to souls in need of comfort and a path out of some of their pain.
This has become my daily commute therapy session for the past few weeks, and it’s really opened my eyes on a lot of things from my own life. Constantly thinking back on all the screwy things that went on in my early years…family, drugs, sex, and general issues of trying to navigate life. Only downside is each podcast is about 2 to 2-1/2 hours. That’s waaaaay too long. Go Paul!
Nothing else like it.
Great podcast! Enjoy the interviews and the subject. Warning: It does deal with difficult subjects and is explicit. Has no cooking.
I have suffered from depression at various times in my life, sometimes severe, and do still fight against negative thinking. I found this podcast and just thought it would be something I could listen to that I could relate to. But it has been much more than that. It is many things. It is informative, entertaining, funny at times, poignant at times; and just plain real and very rewarding to listen to. I'm so happy I'm only on episode 12, because I know that I have so many left to listen to! Mr. Gilmartin, please never quit doing these podcasts!
I love this podcast. People sharing their stories and reminding me that I am not alone. Dark humor combined with brutal honesty makes a fascinating listen. Should be required listening for anyone developing their emotional intelligence or who ever feels like no one could possibly understand them.
Alternately funny, sad, and profound. Paul Gilmartin provides an empathetic ear for his guests to speak about their problems. He does a great job with this podcast, even though he has trouble admitting that on the air. His honesty about his own struggles makes the show feel more personal. This show has helped me a lot. It makes me feel less alone.
Totally love love love this podcast. What a great way to destigmatize mental illness. Great job! 👏✔️💯
Raw, beautiful and real. I love Paul's amazing transparency when it comes to mental illness. This podcast has truly saved me in many ways by not feeling alone and getting the help I know I need. Love it. So much love for all you do, Paul. Thank you.
I hope more than 1 episodes per week are in Paul's future. The interviews are so calming and soothing, knowing that I truly am not alone with my everyday struggles in that deep dark hole that seems to just grow deeper by the day. Every time I listen to an episode I can somehow relate to some of what others are going through or have gone through.
I have learned so much from Paul and his guests. This podcast has truly made my life better. Thank you!
The Mental Illness Happy Hour is one of my all-time favorite podcasts because it does what the internet does best when it’s at its best, and that is connect us all through our shared humanity. That shared humanity is often crazy, sad, heartbreaking, depressing and will leave you wondering how some people can experience the things they have and still seem to function so well. It’s never boring, in my experience, and I think Paul does an amazing job of managing it all with humor and sensitivity, as well as an incredible amount of compassion. Thanks to everybody involved!
I am a late-comer to this podcast, but I am absolutely addicted now. So glad I Facebook-eavesdropped on someone's recommendation of The Mental Illness Happy Hour, because it has changed my life. Paul Gilmartin is the perfect host, with the perfect voice, perfect sense of humor, and perfect amount of both self-deprecation and total vulnerability. In fact, I may be in love. Without question, this is a five star recommend. Listening to the show is fascinating, healing, informative, and a total gift! We love you, Paul. Thank you.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is the positive side of social media. Thanks so much for the great content!
Keep the political issues out of the show and it would be much better. You lost me when you insert your liberal thinking into the program. Global warming issue is too over the top.
Always looking forward to the next episode!
What an excellent podcast. Paul is an understanding and funny host. Love listening to my favorite comedians and finding out that every person is battling something. Highly recommended!
I found this podcast entirely by chance and it has been a real eye opener. Life can be incredibly overwhelming at times, particularly when you have multiple mental disorders, but this podcast has helped me more than I could have ever expected. Knowing that you're not alone in your struggles and hearing how others are coping with the world and themselves is incredibly powerful. I'm so glad for this podcast being created and for it being a safe place to have discussions on subjects that many would find uncomfortable.
This podcast is like nothing else. It's very therapeutic.
Awesome dark humor. I love this podcast. It's a must-listen.
This podcast helped me get thru mindlessly typing data for 12 hours a day. I struggle with mental illness and it was so comforting to hear other people's stories that were also struggling and sharing their ways of coping. Thank you so much . Also, right before I got married I got to hear one of my awfulsome moments read on the podcast . I will never forget the feeling I had listening to paul read that and what I was going thru during that time
This podcast has helped me become much more knowledgable about mental illness and the experiences of people suffering with it. I would highly recommend to anyone who has a mental illness or anyone interested in the subject. Paul Gilmartin is a great host. He’s engaging and always finds a way to make his guests (and audience) laugh, in the midst of their, often painful and traumatic, stories. So glad I found this podcast!
I love this podcast! I think it's educational, personal, and interesting. Makes me feel less alone...
I binge listen to episodes! Love this podcast so much and it has changed my life for the better. Thanks Paul for your bravery in creating this podcast.
I love this podcast dearly. Paul is such a great host. His humor resonates with me. The community centered around this podcast is incredible. Big thumbs up!
I listen to at least an episode every day, if not more! Paul brings awareness to real issues while still keeping the atmosphere light. I’ve had to pause the podcast so I could finish laughing so I wouldn’t miss anything. Suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD isn’t easy, but this podcast helps me feel not so alone.
I wait impatiently every week for Friday, to get my fix of Paul and his interviews. I always find something to relate to. I find myself wanting to cry, but then burst out laughing along with his irreverent humor, which allows me to cope and keeps me from getting dark. If he ever stops making this podcast, I suspect there are going to be alot of people going to a MIHH withdrawal support group (no pressure Paul!)
I've been listening for a couple years now and there's really nothing else like it. Paul is a great and unique host. He says what he thinks, and won't lie to you, but is also incredibly respectful. It can be a really heavy podcast, and goes where all the others don't, but hearing the truths of other people's circumstances can be incredibly healing. Thank you Paul!
I've been listening to this podcast for about a year now and I love it. One of my favorite episodes is a recent one and its Paul's own interview. I am so glad he did it. Thanks Paul for the wonderful podcasts.
As an entertainer and podcaster, it’s so comforting and encouraging to hear other comedians talk about their f*cked up lives and crazy thoughts. There’s so much solace in knowing we all share this darkness.
Paul is so good at making all mental illness approachable and acceptable to discuss. I started off only listening to the podcasts with topics I found relatable, only to go back later and listen to every episode. All mental illness is relevant, and each story is different and important to learn and know about so we can have compassion and knowledge to create a path of recovery and understanding. Thank you so much for this podcast and all that you do.
This podcast is equal parts heart wrenching, hilarious, and comforting. In listening for the last several years I have found that I am truly not alone. Paul approaches each interview with such grace and love that it doesn't feel probing or uncomfortable. Even listening to the episodes you know the guest is being heard by Paul. I just can't say enough good things about this podcast and how important it is.
Has helped me identify and articulate past situations that have lead to emotional road blocks. It's an amazing mix of funny and serious. Subscribe you will not be sorry.
Thank you for sharing your recent struggles with us. Your podcast has helped me see that we all have our own troubles in life. It's like a support group I can take with me and listen to when ever I need it. I hope you continue to keep this podcast going even though your mom might be listening. You help people, you've helped me and you still have others to help. Thank you
I didn't have high hopes for this podcast, but there have been so many episodes (and I'm just 50 in) that have led to 'OMG, I'm not the only one' moments. Hearing other people vocalize what I've been feeling has been eye opening, hearing their stories about why, has helped me realize that it may not be something in my control always, and hearing their tales of recovery and solutions have helped me come to terms with recent events. Not every episode is a hit, but it's nice to hear that I am not alone.
I’ve been listening to this podcast for years and have not missed an episode. It’s one of my top five podcasts that feed my soul.
I love listening to this podcast. It is fascinating listening to others perspectives on mental illness and daily life. The host is inquisitive and compassionate. Amazing.
Found this when I was pretty low. It's great to listen to when you can't function well. Better than crying or staring at the wall. Now that I'm doing better, it's a great reminder that I'm not alone, things will continue to improve. Thanks for doing this Paul.
Thank you, Paul, for creating this podcast and sharing your own and other people's stories.
Moving mental issues and health care out of the dark ages, and into the light. And that's where healing happens! I love Paul Gilmartin and his contribution to this vital conversation!
Hey Paul, love listening to your shows while I'm at work during the day!!!!! Very unique and interesting stuff goes on out there in this crazy world. I'm a recovering alcoholic and addict for 24 years, and let's add co-dependent now as well, LIFE IS GOOD!!! Keep doing what your doing to help other addicts, I'm always learning something :)
Well, this show has been a light in the dark! A couple episodes ago I heard another person tell my story....for the first time in my life I was not the only one. Thank you!
Have listened to 4-5 of these so far, and have enjoyed all of them, with a few nuggets in each that will really stick with me. Will continue listening!
Awesome show dude!
Gilmartin is a wizard and this podcast makes me surrounded by love and shared experiences for two hours.
I'm a huge fan of this incredible podcast. I do not suffer from chronic mental health problems but have been seeing a therapist regularly for the past year for everyday anxiety and stress. Paul is a talented host and makes such a safe place for his guests to open up. I have found that I am more empathetic and compassionate to the people in my life (and myself) after hearing his guests’ stories. I can’t recommend this podcast highly enough!
Good podcast. Very helpful and entertaining.
This is one of the first podcasts I ever subscribed to about two years ago, and I continue to listen. Paul is an amazingly empathetic and hilarious person who never fails to connect with his subjects. Sometimes it does get a bit intense--I will sometimes skip over his listener surveys, not because they aren't fascinating, but the pain some people are in can get pretty scary sometimes. Thanks Paul for devoting your life to showing people that there can be a way out of the darkness!
I was a fan of Drew Momson and I search his name and found this podcast. I love this podcast. As someone who has had depression, anxiety, and self harm it helps to get someone else's insight.👍🏻
I was a fan of Drew Momson and I search his name and found this podcast. I love this podcast. As someone who has had depression, anxiety, and self harm it helps to get someone else's insight.👍🏻