A Dramedy Podcast About Mental Illness

Christopher Parker Howard
July 25, 2018 - "Talk about what you LOVE and allow the show time to grow."
Since 2018

►Tell us about you and your podcast

My name is Christopher Parker Howard and I'm a recovering optimist.

I used to wonder if I was stranded on a desert island, without anti-depressants or mood stabilizers, would my own brain be the thing that kills me? I spent a lot of time trying different coping mechanisms for my particular cocktail of manic depression, social anxiety, OCD and ADD, and I have come up with a LOT of ways to live through them. Every morning I face the same choice; I could kill myself, or just have a cup of coffee and see where the day goes from there. Coffee over Suicide is a dramedy podcast about mental illness and choosing life over death one cup of coffee at a time.


►Why & how did you start this podcast? 

Podcasting is punk rock, it's wide open to anyone that wants to do it. The first thing I did was assemble a couple of mics and an interface for recording, then I put the word out to the people I knew that might be both interesting to listen to and willing to talk about mental illness. After that, I started reaching out to anyone I knew with a fan base that might intersect with mine. I recorded 2 months worth of shows before releasing my first episode to give me a buffer.


►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?

I put out an episode a week and it so far costs me around $20 a month out of pocket to do this show. You just have to make it a priority.


►What do you gain from podcasting?        

I don't do interviews, I have conversations with strangers. I learn a lot from talkinto people and really listening to them tell their story as they see it, I have no agenda.


►How does your podcasting process look like? 

I have a mac-book running Logic, two condenser mics and a Steinberg audio interface. It's all very compact. I've gone to guests, recorded over the phone and had people come to me. So far I'm running this thing out of my garage Marc Maron style.


►How do you market your show?

Around 80% of my listeners come from iTunes. The rest are scattered between Stitcher, YouTube and PodBean.


►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?

Talk about what you LOVE and allow the show time to grow. Give it at least a year, podcasts can take a while to get rolling. The longer you do it, the better they will get.


►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?

Links to everywhere you can get the show are conveniently provided at randumbify.com/pod

Updated: a year ago