Episode 18: Mental Health

“Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Join us for a conversation about mental health and geek culture. We discuss the healing power of the geek community, why nerds stand up for each other, and how geek culture can challenge the stigma of mental illness. We share our top 5 mental health stories. Special guest, geek therapist Josué Cardona.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 – 51:33: Mental health and geek culture.
  • 51:34 – 1:59:21: Top 5 mental health stories.


Top 5 Mental Health Stories


  1. Depression Quest
  2. Papo & Yo
  3. I Kill Giants
  4. Incorruptible Vol. 1
  5. Spider-Man's spider-sense


  1. Harry Potter
  2. Marbles
  3. Hyperbole and a Half: Adventures in Depression & Depression Part Two
  4. Sherlock (BBC)
  5. Batman


  1. Marbles
  2. Next to Normal
  3. Before Midnight
  4. Hyperbole and a Half: Adventures in Depression & Depression Part Two
  5. Spock (2009's Star Trek, Star Trek Ongoing, Star Trek Into Darkness)

Honorable Mentions:

  • What Dreams May Come (novel) 
  • Vincent and the Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • In Treatment
  • The Sopranos
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower (film)
  • Something Terrible by Dean Trippe
  • Years of the Elephant by Willy Linthout