Open, Honest, and Intimate Conversations About Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery With Your Favorite Musicians
New Episodes Now Streaming, Featuring Guests
Black Stone Cherry And Gabbie Hanna
“BE BRAVE, ASK FOR HELP AND BE PERSISTENT IN FINDING THE MENTAL HELP THAT YOU NEED” – Mari Fong
CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast, where notable musicians and experts share their personal stories and real-world solutions for mental health, has an announced an exciting NEW PARTNERSHIP with SWEET RELIEF MUSICIANS FUND, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping those in the music industry.
CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast artists and episodes will be featured on Sweet Relief’s “Band Aid Report” newsletter, delivered weekly to thousands of artists and others in the music industry. CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast will assist in fundraising for Sweet Relief’s “Mental Health Fund” for this 28-year-old nonprofit.
Aric Steinberg, Executive VP, Development & Artist Relations for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund says,“We’re thrilled to partner with Mari and the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast. Mari has been a long-time friend and ally to Sweet Relief and to our music community; she’s done an amazing job with the podcast and she truly cares about the health and well-being of musicians. We’re grateful to be a part of the solution and to help shine a light on the mental health issues facing our music community.”
CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast’s latest episodes feature BLACK STONE CHERRY’s Chris Robertson sharing his story of bipolar disorder and anxiety, and featured is their single, “Again” from their latest album, “The Human Condition.” Expert CARLY HESTER of NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) speaks on the symptoms and solutions for bipolar disorder.
Pop artist, singer-songwriter GABBIE HANNA has amassed close to 6 million subscribers for “The Gabbie Show” on YouTube. She shares her story of bulimia, loneliness and her single “Call Me Crazy” is featured on the episode. Expert Cat Moore, USC’s Director of Belonging, speaks on how to battle loneliness and make lasting friendships and connections, a key to mental health and wellness.
Listen on our website HERE where you’ll also find a comprehensive list of mental help resources with over 100 organizations, nonprofits, apps and solutions for recovery on checkyourheadpodcast.com.
CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast’s new merch store features
“When I first had the idea for ‘Superhero’ tees, it was for anyone who spoke out on mental health or has a mood disorder and found their solutions for recovery,” says Fong. “But when the pandemic hit, I realized there were so many heroes among us.
Frontline workers at hospitals, doctors and nurses who were treating Covid-19 patients, those working in nursing homes, and especially those who’ve battled and survived the coronavirus are all heroes. A ‘CHECK YOUR HEAD Superhero’ now includes anyone who fights the good fight. A great gift for anyone, including yourself, to remind them of their awesomeness.”
Launched in 2019 and Executive Produced and Hosted by Mari Fong, a seasoned music journalist and certified Life Coach for Musicians, CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast, has hosted open, honest and intimate conversations about mental health, wellness and recovery with the likes of Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL, Late Night with Seth Meyers), The Bloody Beetroots, Frank Zummo (SUM 41) Emilio Castillo (Tower Of Power), Yesod Williams (Pepper), Sammi Doll (IAMX, Kat Von D), Danny Griego and Shaun Morgan (Seether), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour) and most recently, the iconic Linda Ronstadt.
Top mental health experts are paired with each episode such as Dr. Dan Reidenberg (SAVE.org) on suicide prevention, Dr. Ish Major (Relationship expert, “Marriage Boot Camp”) on toxic relationship recovery, Johan Svanberg (Record Union, “The 73 Percent Report”) and Tim Ringgold, MT-BC (Music Therapist, Sonic Recovery) on mood disorder and addiction recovery using music therapy.
Now with 23 episodes and counting under her belt, and an ever-growing audience tuning in, Fong and her CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast continue on with the important mission of normalizing the conversations around mental health, encouraging others to get help, and providing solutions for recovery on www.checkyourheadpodcast.
CHECK YOUR HEAD is fiscally sponsored by DBSA San Gabriel Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with all donations tax-deductible.
Mari Fong is Executive Producer and Host of the CHECK YOUR HEAD
Podcast and also a seasoned music journalist. Fong has interviewed and
covered a variety of musicians and artists including Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Cage the Elephant, The White Stripes, Green Day, System of A Down, and David Bowie.
Fong is also a certified Life Coach for Musicians with over 20 years
of experience in the healthcare industry. As an advocate for musicians and
their mental health, she was featured on Today, I’m Brave, a nonprofit that
spotlights extraordinary people making brave, positive changes.
Fong was Executive Producer on the Sirius XM radio show, “The Inner Circle with Neil Strauss,” Strauss being the best-selling author of “The
Dirt: Confessions from the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band” with Motley
Crue and “The Game,” his infamous book on pick-up artists.
“What makes this show different from the other mental health shows is her pairings of musicians and mental health professionals. We get to hear stories from behind the curtain…followed by meaningful discussion with people who truly know their stuff. I started with the two part Fred Armisen interview and found myself spending the next four hours plowing through amazing episode after amazing episode.”- Eloquilt, Words Focused on Hope
“After struggling with her own mood disorder, her personal transformation made her especially sensitive to mental health crises in the music community she loved so passionately.” – Steve Wildsmith, The Ties That Bind Us
“I salute and appreciate the valuable efforts of podcasts such as CHECK YOUR HEAD. They may be heard by the right person at the right time and help alleviate suffering. This helpful podcast’s website contains links to a variety of mental health resources for musicians and non-musicians.”- Steve Provizer, The Arts Fuse
“Tackling everything from ADHD to relationship and childhood trauma, Fong and her guest leave no stones unturned and truly do their part to help battle the stigma surrounding mental illness. Fong helps to showcase the idea that it doesn’t matter how successful, how famous, or how much money you may have – mental illness can still impact your life, and mental healthcare is important for everyone.”- Jennifer Dill, Second Society Report