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Never fear, the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast is here! Where notable musicians and experts share their mental health solutions for wellness. Winner of a "People Choice" Podcast Award, music journalist and life coach Mari Fong deep dives with her interviews to reveal real-world solutions from artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Fred Armisen, Seether, and The Lumineers with professional solutions from top mental health experts. If you're a music lover looking for heroic stories of hope and recovery, and ...
 
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Mari Fong interviews Jared Watson of Dirty Heads and Dave Schools of and the Neal Casal Foundation and Widespread Panic. Jared Watson shares how his hard partying ways with Dirty Heads ("Lay Me Down," "Stand Tall") descended into alcohol and drug abuse. He recollects his wake up call when rushed to the hospital, barely able to move from his tour bu…
 
Mari Fong interviews singer-songwriter Amos Lee and Dr. Melissa Boudin, psychologist and Clinical Director of Choosing Therapy. Amos Lee spent his life coping with anxiety and panic attacks which led him to be agoraphobic at the tender age of 10 years-old. Lee shares his panic attack recovery tools, and also how to best support someone with mood di…
 
Mari Fong interviews Matt Brandyberry of From Ashes to New and Eva Marie AKA Amanda Lyberg, psychotherapist and lead singer of Eva Under Fire. Matt Brandyberry shares his story what led to his personal breakdown which triggered panic attacks, anxiety and depression. The pros and cons of competitiveness. From Ashes to New's single and latest album "…
 
Mari Fong interviews contemporary classical pianist RIOPY and Dr. Benjamin Miller, PsyD and President of Well Being Trust. Pianist and composer Jean-Philippe Rio-Py (RIOPY), who wrote the score for award-winning films The Shape of Water and The Danish Girl, grew up in a cult where he was physically and emotionally abused until his escape. As a chil…
 
Mari Fong interviews Nina Ljeti and Jacob Loeb of Kills Birds, and Johanna Kandel of the National Alliance For Eating Disorders. Nina and Jacob of the band Kills Birds share their pandemic challenges, depression solutions, Nina's toxic relationship recovery, and the story behind Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters inviting the band to record their lates…
 
Mari Fong interviews Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers with Kerri Abernathy, Marriage & Family Therapist and Addiction Specialist. Schultz shares how a family member's severe alcoholism and mood disorders affect him and his wife and the lives of other family members. The muse for The Lumineers's song "Gloria," this woman was sent to the ER 99 times i…
 
Mari Fong is interviewed by musician Kat Jensen on living with depression and hormone balance recovery with Dr. Gary Donovitz, founder of BioTE, a customize bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We begin the 3rd season of the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast with your host Mari Fong sharing how hormone imbalance and stress were triggers for bouts of dep…
 
Mari Fong interviews Lindsey Stirling, singer-songwriter, violinist, and dancer, and Dr. Christina Wierenga, Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuropsychologist at UC San Diego’s Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. Lindsey Stirling shares her story of anorexia nervosa and the depression and anxiety that came along with it. Lindse…
 
Mari Fong interviews Katelyn Tarver, singer-songwriter and actress, and Dr. Adi Jaffe, psychologist, addiction specialist, and author of The Abstinence Myth. Katelyn Tarver shares her story and solutions for living with anxiety and self-doubt. Katelyn released 6 EPs of her own music before winning NBC's "Songland" in 2019. Her song, "You Don't Know…
 
Mari Fong interviews singer-songwriter James Arthur and Dr. Adi Jaffe, mental health and addiction specialist, author of The Abstinence Myth: A New Approach For Overcoming Addiction Without Shame, Judgment, Or Rules. James Arthur shares how living with depression and panic attacks along with a troublesome childhood led him to a life of partying out…
 
Mari Fong interviews Sal Rodriguez of WAR and Jeff Duke, Founder of Christ Powered Recovery. Sal Rodriguez shares how music, drinking alcohol and parties were part of his lifestyle growing up which led to an addiction to cocaine and selling LSD as a teen. His obsessive-compulsive behaviors made it hard to stop using but eventually found his solutio…
 
Mari Fong interviews Michael Murphy, lead singer of Written By Wolves, and musician health expert Kat Jensen. Michael Murphy shares his story and solutions for anxiety and depression, where his goal to always be “the best” started to have a negative affect on him and his family. Michael explains why songwriting is easier than traditional therapy, a…
 
Mari Fong interviews country singer-songwriter Chase Bryant and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund Executive Vice President of Development & Artist Relations, Aric Steinberg. Chase Bryant shares his solutions for anxiety, depression and imposter syndrome recovery. After skyrocketing to fame, Chase Bryant found himself quickly playing with country supersta…
 
Mari Fong interviews singer-songwriter Cap Carter and USC's Director of Belonging and Loneliness Expert, Cat Moore. Cap Carter shares his solutions for depression and addiction recovery having experienced a painful childhood and the difficult divorce of his parents. Cap’s single “Relapse,” started out as an exit song but became the song that saved …
 
Mari Fong interviews Anna Gevorkian and Shaunt Sulahian of Satellite Citi on OCD and PMDD with Chris Trondsen, M.S., AMFT, APCC, OCD Specialist & Therapist. Satellite Citi share solutions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder or PMDD. Shaunt Sulahian talks about his late OCD diagnosis and the havoc it wreaked …
 
Mari Fong interviews David Shaw of The Revivalists and solo artist, and Farid Hashemi, Wim Hof Certified Instructor. David Shaw shares his story of growing up with fears, insecurities and “not feeling good enough” which led to anxiety and drug and alcohol addiction. One long night of drinking led to a fateful night that shocked and scared the hell …
 
Mari Fong interviews musical guest Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage, Times of Grace and The Weapon, and suicide prevention expert Dr. Dan Reidenberg of SAVE.org. Jesse Leach talks about how a toxic relationship triggered his anxiety and depression, how he came to realize the abuse, and what it took for him to finally break away. Jesse talks about h…
 
Mari Fong interviews singer-songwriter Winona Oak and Richard "Wolfie" Wolf, meditation expert and author of In Tune: Music as a Bridge to Mindfulness. Swedish songstress Winona Oak was a 12-year-old when her panic attacks and anxiety began, triggered by her hormonal cycle (PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Winona eventually became agorapho…
 
Mari Fong interviews Brian Wheat of Tesla and expert Karl Shallowhorn, mental health educator, speaker, coach and author of “Leadership Through the Lens of the 12 Steps.” Brian Wheat of Tesla shares how he overcame bulimia, addictions, and lives successfully with panic attacks, depression. Brian Wheat’s autobiography entitled, Son of a Milkman: My …
 
Mari Fong interviews Ruby Carr and Natalia Panzarella of Bahari. Mari Fong (Life Coach for Musicians) and musician Kat Jensen discuss the Bahari interview, the benefits of journaling, and the medication naloxone or Narcan for the use of stopping an opioid overdose. Natalia and Ruby share their story and solutions for bipolar, panic attacks and depr…
 
Mari Fong interviews Nick Petty of The Happys and Sally Anne Gross, author of Can Music Make You Sick? Measuring the Price of Musical Ambition and 30-year veteran of the music industry. Nick Petty shares his story of growing up with major depressive disorder, anxiety and ADHD. Nick symptoms started as a child. He took medication for his conditions …
 
Mari Fong interviews Hannah Hooper of Grouplove and Hallie Lincoln & Hilary Gleason of Backline. Hannah Hooper shares her story of battling stage fright and recovery, while finding self-love and empowerment. Grouplove’s surprise 5th album, This Is This, represents evolving, healing and a way to vent your emotions from the frustrations of the pandem…
 
Mari Fong interviews guitarist Sean Long of While She Sleeps and Andrea Vassilev of DBSA, San Gabriel Valley. Sean Long share his story and solutions for recovery for anxiety, panic attacks, panic disorder and agoraphobia. While She Sleeps’s single “Nervous” off their new album Sleeps Society is based on Sean’s mental health journey and admits the …
 
Mari Fong interviews pop singer-songwriter Gabbie Hanna and Cat Moore, USC Director of Belonging. Gabbie Hanna shares her story and solutions for anxiety, bulimia, depression and more. Growing up in a dysfunctional family and raised by narcissistic parents, Gabbie had a tough time making friends and connecting with others. During a dark, lonely per…
 
Mari Fong interviews Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry and Carly Hester of NAMI, Philly and Clinical Social Worker. Chris Robertson shares his story of being manic depressive or bipolar disorder with anxiety and panic attacks along with his solutions for recovery. *Warning: Suicide and suicidal ideation is discussed. Listener discretion is advi…
 
Mari Fong interviews Grant DeCrane (Pray For Sleep) and Kat Parsons AKA Katharine Petzold (Psychotherapist & Licensed Counselor, Trauma Specialist). Musician and lead singer Grant DeCrane of alternative rock band Pray For Sleep shares his story of sexual trauma, PTSD, depression and anxiety. Grant begins counseling but still experiences panic attac…
 
Mari Fong interviews Jordan Benjamin (grandson), then Mari Fong (Life Coach for Musicians) talks with Kat Jensen. Jordan Benjamin AKA grandson shares his story of living with symptoms of bipolar, his manic episodes, and his family history of bipolar and other mood disorders. His ADHD-like impulsivity as a youngster, acting out in school, his relati…
 
Mari Fong interviews Linda Ronstadt (singer-songwriter) & Dr. Ish Major (Psychiatrist, Relationship Coach, “Marriage Boot Camp”). Linda talks about her Mexican heritage and traditions in the documentary, “Linda and the Mockingbirds.” Her thoughts on immigration and the mental toll and trauma for children separated from their families at the border,…
 
Mari Fong interviews India Shawn (singer-songwriter) & Dr. Ish Major (Board Certified Psychiatrist, Relationship Expert, “Marriage Boot Camp,” “Tamron Hall Show,” author of Little White Whys). R & B artist India Shawn shares her experience with toxic relationships, co-dependency, growing up with a single, therapist mother and an alcoholic father, b…
 
Mari Fong interviews Shaun Morgan and Corey Lowery (Seether) & Dan Reidenberg, PsyD (SAVE.org, Suicide Prevention expert). In 2007, Shaun Morgan's brother Eugene died by suicide. In 2012, Shaun and Seether created the Rise Above Fest to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental illness. Shaun and Corey of Seether share their stories of strug…
 
Mari Fong interviews Yesod Williams (Pepper, LAW Records) & Kellie Nowell (The Nowell Family Foundation, Bradley's House). Yesod Williams shares his story and solutions on alcoholism and depression. Growing up seeing his mother's alcoholism, Yesod Williams slides into alcoholism after her death. With 9 years of abuse, Yesod's drummer friend Adam O'…
 
Mari Fong interviews Danny Griego (singer-songwriter, solo artist) and Anika Wilson (Clinical Psychologist, PTSD & Trauma) on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Having worked with icons such as Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter and Billy Jo Shaver, Danny Griego shares his story of being struck by lightning which led him to music and also anxiety-fi…
 
Mari Fong interviews Rench (Gangstagrass, producer, singer/songwriter, solo artist) and Daniel McCartney (music agent at United Talent Agency, Gideon), founder of The Continuance Foundation. Rench from bluegrass, hip-hop band Gangstagrass talks about racial unity and living with social anxiety, Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) which can occur wi…
 
Mari Fong interviews Davey Suicide (solo artist & band) and Michael Friedman, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychologist & Life Coach, Psychology Today) on dealing with childhood traumas. Davey Suicide describes his turbulent upbringing with divorced parents, feeling misunderstood, not fitting in at school, and how music saved him. The positivity behind his name…
 
Mari Fong interviews Mackenzie Nicole (singer-songwriter) and Becca Lane (NAMI Philadelphia) on bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts. September is Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month, and pop artist Mackenzie Nicole shares her story on Bipolar 1 Disorder, having suicidal thoughts at 6 years old, and the mood swings of mania and depression. Macke…
 
Mari Fong interviews Emilio Castillo (Tower of Power) and Tim Ringgold, MT-BC (Music Therapist & Author of Sonic Recovery: Harness the Power of Music to Stay Sober) on addiction and mental health. Emilio Castillo shares his story of addiction to alcohol, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, eating, and more. Hear why Emilio would create drug recipes and par…
 
Mari Fong interviews Sammi Doll (IAMX, Bullet Height, Kat Von D) on depression and ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactive disorder), then Mari Fong (Life Coach for Musicians) talks with Kat Jensen. Sammi Doll shares her facebook post while in the depths of depression, how the social media post affected her fans, her experience living in Berlin, German…
 
Mari Fong interviews Emma Lov (Loote) and Andrea Vassilev (Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance, DBSA, San Gabriel Valley). EMMA LOV OF LOOTE, who co-wrote with Demi Lovato and Cheat Codes, and remixed the Shawn Mendes’ song “Mercy,” shares her story of PANIC ATTACKS & PANIC DISORDER. Starting therapy after surviving the 9/11 terrorists attacks in…
 
Mari Fong interviews FRANK ZUMMO about being an advocate for mental health, LOSING CHESTER BENNINGTON of Linkin Park, the 320festival.com online on May 8-10, 2020, LOSING FAMILY TO MOOD DISORDERS & ADDICTIONS, the stress of the Covid-19 pandemic, the downward spiral of Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, meeting Anthony Bourdain, THE IMPORTANCE O…
 
Mari Fong interviews Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo (The Bloody Beetroots) & The Amazing Clarks (Life Coaches), Part 2. Sir Bob reveals HIS NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE, surviving the Big Day Out Festival, how he became a superhero, BUILDING HIS CONFIDENCE, how Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons changed his life, why he called himself a “koo koo crazy kid,” and THE POWER…
 
Mari Fong interviews Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo (The Bloody Beetroots) & The Amazing Clarks (Life Coaches), Part 1. Sir Bob talks about AVICII, CREATING A BETTER TOUR LIFE, the temptations within the electronic music and EDM club scene, how he handled the crazy first years of fame, SURVIVIING DRINKING AND DRUGS, the keys to success in his career, REBUI…
 
Host Mari Fong interviews Fred Armisen (Trenchmouth, SNL, Portlandia, Bandleader/Drummer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, Big Mouth) and Johan Svanberg (Record Union, "The 73 Percent Report") interviews, Part 2. First COVID-19 episode and how the coronavirus has changed our lives, caused anxiety and uncertainty, and SOLUTIONS ON HOW TO BATTLE ONGOI…
 
Mari Fong interviews Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, SNL, Portlandia, Bandleader/Drummer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, Big Mouth, Los Espookys) and Keren Clark (Psychotherapist, Dialectical Behavior Therapy) interviews, Part 1. Fred Armisen on his 8 YEARS IN THE PUNK BAND TRENCHMOUTH, the DIFFICULTIES OF TOURING with a band, taking left turns…
 
Mari Fong interviews Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, MC5, Kings of Chaos) and Tony Gonzalez of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, San Gabriel Valley (DBSA) interviews, Part 2. Gilby Clarke talks WHY MEN FIND IT HARD TO ASK FOR HELP, taking painkillers, offering help and losing his friend to alcoholism, KEEPING ADDICTION SEC…
 
Mari Fong interviews Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Heart, MC5, Rock Star Supernova) and Keren Clark (Psychotherapist, DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Part 1. Gilby Clarke talks about losing Prince, THE UPS AND DOWNS OF THE "USE YOUR ILLUSION" TOUR WITH GUNS N' ROSES and Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, the IMPORT…
 
Mari Fong interviews Kat Jensen (singer-songwriter) & Tony Gonzalez (DBSA, Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance). Kat Jensen talks about depression, her family history of mood disorders, having a schizophrenic mother and physician father, cutting, suicide attempts, and how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was the solution to dealing with her depressio…
 
In 2017 we lost a number of well-loved artists to suicide such as Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. After this happened I thought to myself, how could musicians who brought me so much joy, leave this world in so much pain? So I created The CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast, where notable musicians and experts share their mental…
 
This is Check Your Head, where we explore the relationship between mental health and hip hop. In episode one, we look at the difference of mental health in artists, how the conversation of mental illness is different in the hip hop world and how drug addiction is displayed in the genre.Mallory Somera による
 
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