The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly online podcast that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.

“A perversely safe place in which [Paul] and his guests talk about their fears, addictions and traumatic childhoods.” -The New York Times

“Normalizes what so many others feel but have been too fearful or ashamed to express… remarkable.” -Psychology Today

Latest episodes

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    Basketball Player Royce White live at ITTFest

    The 25 year-old professional basketball player opens up to a live audience about mental health issues not only in his life (OCD, panic attacks and anx...

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    The Wounded Healer – April Adams

    Author/life-coach April Adams clarifies what an “energy healer” actually does despite it sounding like new-age b.s.  She talks about tech...

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    Daddy Issues – Luisa Omielan

    The 34 year-old British writer/comedian/performer shares about the pain of her parents’ nasty divorce when she was a kid, especially her father ...

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About the Show

Comedian Paul Gilmartin hosts a weekly, hour-long audio podcast consisting of interviews with artists, friends and the occasional doctor.

The show is geared towards anyone interested in or affected by depression, addiction and other mental challenges which are so prevalent in the creative arts.

Paul’s hope is that the show and this website will give people a place to connect, smile and feel the return of hope. The biggest myth about mental illness is that you are alone and there is no help.

DISCLAIMER:

The Mental Illness Happy Hour is NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment.
For information on treatment please visit HelpGuide.org

The Mentalblog

  • Inside the Hearts, Bodies and Minds of Sexual Trauma Survivors

    If you want to understand what survivors think and feel every day, watch this video.  It’s text excerpts from the anonymously taken survey “Struggle in a Sentence”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BkH3moFgjQ&feature=youtu.be&a...

  • High-Fiving Male Sex Abuse Victims

    We’ve all seen the familiar story.  Hot teacher and young teenage male student.  One newspaper  used the word “romp” to describe a 24 year-old woman and a 16 year-old boy. I click on the links and read the stories even though I know the reader......

  • Scar Tissue by Paul Gilmartin

    Scar Tissue   I’m sitting here at my favorite coffee place wondering why I didn’t wear looser pants.  My junk is swollen.  Not with pleasure; with bruising and stitches and a Band-Aid. I had a vasectomy yesterday and like many of the twelve operations I’ve......

  • Come See Paul Speak

    March 25th at Lassen Community College is Susanville, CA.  There will be a screening of the California PBS documentary “A New State of Mind” followed by some speakers, one of whom will be Paul.   The event is from 5:30-8:30.  Admission is free and reservations......

  • Live Show in Toronto Nov 16th with Scott Thompson

    Click here for details and tickets.   The show is at 4pm, tickets are $12. There will also be a group recording of listeners Friday Nov 15th at 7pm.  It will also take place in the Workman Arts building at 651 Dufferin St in Toronto.  Signs......

  • Childhood Bill of Rights

    Thanks to podcast guest Susan Hagen for turning me on to this and Amanda Curtin for developing it.   Childhood Bill of Rights A child has the right to be safe to have parents who are resources in a one way relationship that is focused......

  • How Sexual Abuse Affected My Mind: An Email from Katie M.

    So my story is kind of complicated (as if others aren’t).  When I was about 6 years old, I was continually molested by my brothers friend over the course of a month or so while my brother would be at band practice in our basement.......

  • I’m Not Strong Enough: Thoughts From An Overwhelmed Mother

    Paul, Sleep is a challenge lately. Life is…hard lately. Not bad, quite good in some ways, but hard and exhausting. A long while back you said something that’s stuck with me…how the word “enough” can be so damaging. “Not good enough, not cool enough, not......

  • Cutting Contact With Her Mom: An email from Barbara in NC

    Hi Paul- I have tried to start this letter to you so many times (and here I go again!), but listening to what you said about missing your mom on a recent show finally got me to do it. I don’t think anyone that has......

  • Weird Phobias email

    The following is an email correspondence between myself and “Marie”, a listener who messaged me via Facebook.   She gave me her permission to post this. Marie Please have a show about weird phobias. I have a fear of answering the telephone  along with a......

  • Email of the Day: Listener Ryan on coping with his trauma

    Paul   I am 40 yrs old. My last memory of feeling normal was at about age 5. That day a neighbor asked me if i wanted to come see his train set, and i naturally obliged. Not until age 26 did i start to......

  • Email of the Day: Pretending it Wasn’t Rape by Anne Marie

    Hi there, I was listening to episode 118 (Kulap Vilaysack Returns) and heard the survey from the woman who said she wasn’t sure if she had been sexually abused and that she went back to the man who she’d told no to after to make......

  • Most Popular Eps of 2014

    Most popular Eps of 2014 #1 Todd Glass #2 Lauren Ashley Bishop #3 NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuk #4 Low Self-Esteem with Guy Winch PhD #5 Mick Betancourt #6 Loneliness with Guy Winch PhD #7 Chris Gethard #8 Matt Oswalt #9 Rumination with Guy Winch PhD......

  • Favorite Episodes of 2013 as Voted By Listeners

    Top Listener-Voted Eps of 2013 1. Maria Bamford 2. Emily Gordon 3.David Hirohama: Counseling Sexual Predators 4. CPS Worker Ray 5. Aisha Tyler live at LA Podfest 6. Elizabeth Laime 7. Kulap Vilaysack Returns 8. Chemda 9. Sara Benincasa 10. Lynn Chen To view the......

  • Favorite Episodes of 2012 as Voted By Listeners

    Top Listener-Voted Eps of 2012 1. Dr. Jessica Zucker #1 2. Dr. Jessica Zucker #2 3. Chris Hardwick 4. Rob Delaney 5. Nadereh Fanaeian 6. Kerri Kenney-Silver 7. Steve Agee 8. Dave Holmes 9. Laurie Kilmartin 10. Policeman Andy...

  • Just in time for the holidays, Mental Illness Happy Hour coffee, beer and travel mugs. Click here to view or buy....

  • Listeners Voted Their Ten Favorite Episodes of 2011

    Check out the listener-voted Top 10 Favorite Episodes of 2011! 1. Teresa Strasser 2. Adam Carolla 3. Paul F. Tompkins 4. Marc Maron 5. Kulap Vilaysack 6. Eddie Pepitone 7. Ex-Con “Murph” 8. Karma 9. Beth Littleford 10. Jimmy Pardo...

  • Take our new survey!

    We’ve released a new survey! The Shame & Secrets survey is entirely anonymous, and will only share with others what you share with us. For more information check out the Surveys Page....