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

  • 8/11/2017Surviving Her Harry Potter Nightmare Headmaster – Louise MEpisode: 343
    British Therapist Louise (a pseudonym) shares about the moment in her otherwise mostly happy childhood that things changed.  She shares about the abuse at a posh Harry-Potteresque school when she was six by a headmaster who walked the dark halls with a torch; her mom's drinking, letting go of childhood shame, fear of conflict, how parents can support an abused child, when kids sexually abuse other kids, inner child work, Britain's NHS, and trying to cope with past trauma thru drugs and sex.

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp online counseling.  To try a free week go to and fill out a questionnaire.  Must be 18

    This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses.  To learn more go to   Listeners can use offer code MENTAL

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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.


The Mental Illness Happy Hour is NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment.
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