Paul Gilmartin on Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, … The Fight Against our Inner Demons

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We all have feelings and emotions running through us, yet more often than not we keep them out of sight, hiding them away from those around us, keeping them captive deep down inside of us.

Many of us have never even thought anything about them, which is both the cause and the consequence of not knowing how to talk about our own feelings. We have become afraid to open ourselves up, thinking that we’ll be judged, thinking that “normal” people don’t have such feelings.

So we hide them, we put them away in a closet and try to forget all about them, only for that closet to eventually come crashing down on top of us.

The reason why I, and our guest here on the show, Paul Gilmartin, are always saying “you are not alone” isn’t because we are trying to be nice. 

No, it’s because we both know from experience that opening ourselves up to the right people can be such a powerful way of healing.

True connection lies in talking about who we really are and how we really feel, not about what the weather is doing. 

Happiness is largely about being socially connected, yet we cannot be connected if we keep hiding our true feelings and inner scars away from others.

The IPS Project and The IPS Podcast are both created precisely for that reason. To reach out to more people, to show and spread this message: life isn’t easy, but no one ever said you have to do it all alone.

In this episode, Paul Gilmartin, TV personality, stand-up comedian and host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour – a podcast that centers around the struggles of mental illness and the battles we all have within our head – we dive into these subjects and the importance of opening up about them.

Some of the things we talked about include when he knew he really needed help; how it felt for him opening up for the first time about his feelings and emotions; advice on what to look for when searching for a good therapist; steps he recommends about dealing with depression; the importance of humor and laughter; advice that he would have given to his younger self, and much more besides. 

This is an incredibly insightful episode for anyone who is struggling, and there is a lot of useful and actionable advice given. 

So, enjoy the episode, and please note that if you are feeling alone and need help or someone to talk too, you can go to and send me a message at any time. 

You’re not alone and you don’t have to do this alone. I mean it.


  • – The Mental Illness Happy Hour (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.)
  • – HelpGuide ( is an independent nonprofit that runs one of the world’s leading mental health websites. Each month, millions of people from all around the world turn to us for trustworthy information they can use to improve their mental health and make healthy changes.)
  • – TalkSpace (Talkspace is an online and mobile therapy company based in New York City. It was founded by Oren and Roni Frank in 2012. Talkspace users have access to licensed therapists through the website or mobile app on iOS and Android.)
  • – BetterHelp (BetterHelp is a mental health platform that provides direct online counseling and therapy services through either web or phone text communication. BetterHelp was founded in 2013 by Alon Matas and Danny Bragonier, and acquired by Teladoc in 2015. BetterHelp maintained its service and brand name post-acquisition.)
  • – InTheRooms ( is the World’s Largest, Online Social Network for the Global Recovery Community.)


  • – A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (With his bestselling spiritual guide The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now.” In A New Earth, Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world.)

Coming soon.

Coming soon.

If you feel that you’ve gained some insights and lessons from this interview, and you are curious to see what else we offer at The IPS Project, check out The IPS Academy, where we offer online courses taught by guests here on The IPS Podcast.

Learn more about essential life topics, such as mental health, relationships, the mind, and the body and the brain, through fun and interactive courses. Simply go to

What is also interesting to note is that all the courses are quite affordable, as we at The IPS Project do not want money to stand in the way of bettering one’s life. Each course has a few lessons to try for free, so you get a taste of what the course is like.

We have countless reviews from other students so you can see what others think, and there is a 30-day money-back guarantee if you end up not liking the course. Again, check them out at

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