197 episodes

The Struggle Bus is an advice show about mental health, self-care, and just getting through the damn day. Co-hosts Katharine Heller (@spkheller) and Sally Tamarkin (@sallyt) answer listener questions about family, friends, work, mental health, love, and literally everything else — no topic is off-limits and no problem is too big, too small, or too weird. Climb aboard and get advice from two friends who have lots of feelings and lots of opinions.

The Struggle Bus: Self-Care, Mental Health, and Other Hilarious Stuff Sally Tamarkin and Katharine Heller

    • Mental Health
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

The Struggle Bus is an advice show about mental health, self-care, and just getting through the damn day. Co-hosts Katharine Heller (@spkheller) and Sally Tamarkin (@sallyt) answer listener questions about family, friends, work, mental health, love, and literally everything else — no topic is off-limits and no problem is too big, too small, or too weird. Climb aboard and get advice from two friends who have lots of feelings and lots of opinions.

    Episode 196: Goodbye from Kate and Sally

    Episode 196: Goodbye from Kate and Sally

    On this, the last episode of The Struggle Bus, Kate and Sally kick things off with jibber jabber about the election. Then they talk about going back to therapy and not looking at election returns as self-care. Finally, they answer listener questions about the Struggle Bus, their careers and projects, and more. They also talk about how much they love each other and the Struggle Bus community. A LOT.

    00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

    00:32 It's The Last Episode!

    5:51 Opening Jibber Jabber

    24:05 A Thing We Did (For Self And/Or Community Care)

    30:15 Listener questions about the Struggle Bus, careers and projects, and more
    Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan
    twitter.com/sallyt
    twitter.com/spkheller

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 195: [Deep Sigh]

    Episode 195: [Deep Sigh]

    On this episode Kate and Sally have an announcement about the future of the Struggle Bus. They also talk about the election, volunteering to get out and defend the vote, new computers, and getting into fights on Facebook. Finally, they answer listener questions about dealing with the impending pandemic winter, staying organized during online classes when you have ADHD, and Sally’s cat Miles.

    00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

    1:29 Big Announcement

    6:29 Opening Jibber Jabber

    20:11 A Thing We Did

    24:30 Election feelings

    31:30 Question #1: Dealing with the impending pandemic winter

    38:57 Question #2: Staying organized during online classes when you have ADHD

    44:17 Question #3: Question about Sally's cat, Miles
    Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan
    twitter.com/sallyt
    twitter.com/spkheller

    • 50 min
    Episode 194: Dildo Baggins and Delilah (feat. Eric Silver of Join the Party)

    Episode 194: Dildo Baggins and Delilah (feat. Eric Silver of Join the Party)

    On this episode Sally is joined by guest co-host Eric Silver (@el_silvero), co-host and dungeon master of the actual play podcast Join the Party, to answer any and all questions about roleplaying games, from dealing with awkwardness at the table to RPGs that aren’t D&D, to playing games online during the pandemic, and much more. They also talk about the glory of autumn, the TV show The Boys, the podcast My 90s Playlist, and why charcuterie is life.

    00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

    6:05 Opening Jibber Jabber

    28:52 A Thing We Did For Self Care

    38:30 Questions about roleplaying games!

    1:22:03 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Eric's pick): "Devil Town" by Bright Eyes

    Follow Eric on Twitter (@el_silvero) and check out Join the Party, My 90s Playlist, and all the other shows from Multitude Productions. 
    Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus
    Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan
    twitter.com/sallyt
    twitter.com/spkheller

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 193: Peepza

    Episode 193: Peepza

    On this episode Kate and Sally answer questions about supporting a partner who has cut off their conservative family members, how to deal with fear of the outside world during the pandemic, and a few important questions about seasonal Peeps, pizza toppings, and Glo Worms.

    00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

    2:36 Opening Jibber Jabber

    14:35 A Thing We Did For Self Care

    19:05 How to support a partner who has cut off their conservative family remembers

    26:43 Dealing with fear of the outside world during the pandemic

    35:15 Important questions about seasonal Peeps, pizza toppings, and Glo Worms

    49:40 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Kate's pick): "Lightning Crashes" by Live

    Listen to Sally's podcast, Co-op Mood on iTunes Store, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus
    Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan
    twitter.com/sallyt
    twitter.com/spkheller

    • 46 min
    Episode 192: I Don’t Know, Fuck It

    Episode 192: I Don’t Know, Fuck It

    On this episode Kate and Sally talk about Cobra Kai and The OA and the live (Zoom) performances they’ve each attended during the pandemic. Then they answer listener emails about starting new relationships after codependency and dealing with a partner’s substance dependency.

    00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

    4:22 Update and expansion on the previous ep's email

    7:35 Opening Jibber Jabber

    21:02 A Thing We Did For Self Care

    31:15 Questions from the FB Group: Starting new relationships after codependency, and dealing with a partner’s substance dependency.

    49:40 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Sally's pick): "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" cover by Chromatics
    Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus
    Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan
    twitter.com/sallyt
    twitter.com/spkheller

    • 49 min
    Episode 191: K Hellz 69

    Episode 191: K Hellz 69

    On this episode Kate and Sally talk about the misery of hacked email accounts, the ecstasy of new fridges, and Scientology. Then also discuss insomnia and starting your day with a few minutes of meditation or exercise. Finally they answer an email from a listener who’s feeling frustrated and hurt by a friend’s judgement about their activism.

    00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

    1:52 Opening Jibber Jabber

    12:12 A Thing We Did For Self Care

    17:20 Email: Feeling frustrated and hurt by a friend’s judgement about their activism

    31:50 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Kate's pick): "Cool It Now" by New Edition
    Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus
    Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan
    twitter.com/sallyt
    twitter.com/spkheller

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

TheDukSystem ,

You Need This In Your Life

Kate and Sally are just amazing, they are down to earth their advise is alway on point and so helpful/inciteful
Finding The Struggle Bus podcast was like finding two amazing friends ive always known, and we're in the process of binge listening to catch up on everything before we send our own email for advise
Also just hearing the theme tune makes us smile everytime, and love how they close the show with a song choice

Thank You Kate and Sally

Cockmuncher 3000 ,

Just Wow

I love this podcast, it’s gotten me through some really tough stuff
Keep doing what you’re doing Kate and Sally. You’ve made a big impact on my life and I’m so grateful ☺️

k8tiekitten ,

The perfect dose of humour and therapeutic

I just love and adore this show so much. I look forward to it whenever a new episode comes out and it just makes me feel less alone. It’s great to listen to episodes between therapy sessions whenever I’m feeling down or alone. 💛

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