Mental Illness Happy Hour

Mental Illness Happy Hour

"Remarkable" - Psychology Today "A vital, compassionate gem that fills a desperate and under-addressed need in our society." - Esquire "A perversely safe place in which he and his guests talk about their fears, addictions and traumatic childhoods." - NY Times "Gilmartin makes a conscious effort to explore stories that aren’t black and white" - Slate Magazine "Praised by listeners all over the world" - Atlantic Monthly Named To Top Health Podcast List by: NY Times, Esquire, Slate, Oprah Magazine, Women's Health, Onion A.V. Club, Apple Podcast Staff


September 29, 2023 122 mins

Tiffany Carter is a former newscaster and current podcast host (Project Me with Tiffany Carter on IG @ProjectMe_With_Tiffany) and mental health advocate. She opens up about her unpredictable and narcissistic mother, the abuse she suffered as a child, and how she’s dealing with social and sexual anorexia as an adult.

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Ruth Golden is a documentary filmmaker and suicide prevention activist who is in the process of creating a film about her own family. The Silent Goldens explores her family’s reaction to her own mother’s death by suicide. The film examines the pain of stuffing down emotions and failing to communicate when that is what's needed most. Ruth talks about what inspired her to create this film and what she learned about her famil...

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Jessi Kneeland (@JessiKneeland) is a body image coach who gets real about their own issues and what brought them to this work. In this episode, Jessi's second visit to the podcast, they talk about self-perception as well as what the struggle can be like for trans people today. They also discuss the workings and merits of non-monogamous relationships. Be sure to check out Jessi's new book, Body Neutral. 

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September 8, 2023 95 mins

Felina Danalis is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and she joins Paul for what is, essentially, an intro to what somatic experiencing is, how it works, and what kinds of issues this trauma therapy can address. Felina takes us on a journey of learning why this out-of-the-mainstream modality can be so surprisingly life-altering. Paul also shares his own experience with Somatic Experiencing. 

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September 1, 2023 100 mins

Kyle Kinane is a standup comedian and recovering “party guy” who’s started doing some work on himself and his relationships. He talks about growing out of the party scene, shifting his perspectives, and getting over what other people think of you. Check out his new YouTube comedy special, Shocks & Struts. 

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Paul met Raquel in a group therapy session and just had to hear more of her story. She is an immigrant from El Salvador who is confronting her abusive childhood. She also struggles with two chronic illnesses and issues of self-perception. She opens up about how she’s working through all of these areas and coming out the other side as someone who respects and takes care of herself.


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August 11, 2023 62 mins

Josh Peck is an actor (Oppenheimer, Drake & Josh, How I Met Your Father) and podcast host (Good Guys) as well as an author (Happy People Are Annoying). This is Josh’s second visit to the podcast and this time he gives us an update where he is now with his recovery. He also talks with Paul about difficult decisions he made to change his life for the better, especially in regard to being a husband and father.

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This week’s guest is Eddie, someone who wants to share their rare story in the hopes that it will offer a light to others. Eddie was raised as a boy by her father and as a girl by her mother. She unpacks how a lifetime of misgendering has affected her. She also opens up about the sadly not-so-rare story of being raised by abusive and narcissistic parents. 


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Paul sits down with musician and animal-rights activist Moby and his podcasting partner Lindsay to talk about the “cult of more” and the illusion of material wealth as a cure for emotional issues. Moby delves into the history of mental illness and addiction in his family, his struggles with addiction, loneliness and desire for meaningful connection. He, Lindsay and Paul share their fears, loves and of course they...

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Cat Alvarado @theCatAlvarado is a standup comedian and activist who grew up with a white father and a Latina mother—who fled the civil war in Nicaragua. She talks about what it was like to grow up mixed race and with a mother who had been through so much. Check out her new album Off White.

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July 14, 2023 116 mins

Marc Maron is an actor, standup comedian, and podcast host (WTF). In early 2020, his partner, Lynn Shelton, died suddenly. He joins Paul to talk pointedly about grief. He shares what it was like to go through that experience as well as all the tremendously difficult choices and situations that followed as a result of her passing. 

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Christine Lane is an Accredited Financial Counselor who works at the intersection of money and psychology. She joins Paul to talk about the mental wellness that can come from getting control of your finances and offers helpful tips on ways to completely reframe your thinking when it comes to spending and saving. 

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Will Sasso (@WillSasso) is an actor (MAD TV, The Three Stooges), comedian, and podcaster. He talks with Paul about his relationship with food, the resentments in his family, and his own mental health diagnosis–which is the same as his father’s. Will also shares what it's like to co-host the first AI-driven podcast, Dudesy.

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Amelia Zachry (@BrownGirlCrazyWorld) is an author and mental health advocate. She shares her experience with a Bipolar 2 diagnosis and how she talks about trauma and mental health with her own young children. Be sure to check out her book, Enough: A Memoir of Mistakes, Mania, and Motherhood.

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Chris Gethard (aka @ChrisGeth and @ChrisGethard) is a comedian, writer, and podcast host (Beautiful Anonymous) who talks openly about managing his life with depression. He shares how fatherhood changed him and how he’s been able to open up to family and rely on those who love him for help when he’s in a bad spot. He also talks about the struggles of being a working artist and shares his new plans for a career pivot. 


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Rebecca D returns to the podcast to talk about going no-contact with her mom and reflects on moments in her childhood that she didn’t realize were strange until she was an adult. She also talks about what it was like growing up surrounded by religious orthodoxy. 


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Steph Jagger joins Paul to discuss the grief of loving someone with dementia. She also shares the small moments of beauty that can sometimes come out of this disease. Be sure to check out her book, Everything Left to Remember, where she beautifully documents the camping road trip she took with her mother while in the midst of her disease. 

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May 26, 2023 113 mins

Miller is one one of Paul’s support group friends. He joins Paul to talk about being on the other side of a chaotic life of crime. After having spent most of his life in a gang and going in and out of prison, he's turned a corner. He talks about his addiction, his childhood as a gang member, and what it was like, as a prisoner, to fight the California wildfires. 

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Bethanne Patrick is a writer, literary critic, and podcast host (Missing Pages). She talks about her struggles with double depression, her experiences with being a supportive caretaker, and her life as a voracious reader. Besure to check out her new book, Life B: Overcoming Double Depression.

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Jenny Zigrino (@JennyZigrino) is a standup comedian from Minnesota who was put on a diet at the age of 5. She talks about how her parents’ reaction to her weight shaped her self-image, how she overcame her eating disorder, and how her body acceptance is continually evolving. Check out her brand new comedy hour, Jen-Z, on Youtube. 

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