The CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast provides solutions for mental health and wellness with Killswitch Engage, Grouplove and Tesla musicians and world-renowned mental health experts, ranked in the top 5% of podcasts in global listenership
CHECK YOUR HEAD: Mental Help for Musicians is a podcast where notable musicians and experts share their solutions for mental health and wellness, hosted by Mari Fong, a longtime music journalist and life coach for musicians.
“Our mission at the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast is to normalize the conversations on mental health, to encourage others to get help,” says Fong, “and to provide a variety of solutions for a variety of mood disorders by a variety of experts. When you’re experiencing a mood disorder like anxiety or depression, you can feel emotionally exhausted, unmotivated, and confused. By providing a big list of solutions on our website, it makes it easy to find the right fit, especially when solutions for recovery are so individual.”
The CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast website offers more than 125 solutions on checkyourheadpodcast.com. Solutions are provided for everyone which include the Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), LGBT National Help Center, and Black Mental Health Alliance, along with downloadable apps such as Headspace, Drinker’s Helper and Mooditude. checkyourheadpodcast.com also provides solutions just for musicians such as Backline, SIMS Foundation and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
“Mental help should be available to everyone, no matter their age, race or ability to pay,” continues Fong, “therefore, all of our solutions and resources are either absolutely free or affordable, knowing musicians and their crew may not have the best medical insurance.”
The CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast is proudly partnered with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, raising funds for mental health for the music industry. Together, the partnership has a social media reach of 100K followers with CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast artists and experts featured weekly on Sweet Relief’s “Band Aid Report” newsletter sent to thousands in the industry.
Recent guests include Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage and Times of Grace, Hannah Hooper of Grouplove, Brian Wheat of Tesla, singer-songwriter Winona Oak and mental health experts Dr. Dan Reidenberg, suicide prevention expert at SAVE.org, and Richard “Wolfie” Wolf, mediation expert and author of the book, In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness. Wolf is also an Emmy-winning composer and multi-platinum selling producer who’s worked with musical icons such as Prince and Freddie Mercury of Queen.
Listen Notes, the leading podcast database and search engine, has ranked the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast in the top 5% most popular shows in global listenership out of an estimated 2.6 million podcasts.
About CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast:
Launched in 2019, Mari Fong, a seasoned music journalist and certified Life Coach for Musicians, is producer and host of the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast. Living with depression and anxiety herself, Fong relates to the open, honest and intimate conversations about mental wellness and recovery with the likes of Gilby Clarke of Guns N’ Roses and Kings of Chaos, Fred Armisen, drummer for Late Night with Seth Meyers and comedian from SNL and Portlandia, Shaun Morgan of Seether, The Bloody Beetroots, Frank Zummo of Sum 41 and Street Drum Corps, Emilio Castillo of Tower Of Power, Sean Long of While She Sleeps, Yesod Williams of Pepper, Jordan Benjamin AKA grandson, Sammi Doll of IAMX and Kat Von D, and the iconic Linda Ronstadt.
Mental health experts and advocates are paired with each episode topic such as suicide prevention expert Dr. Dan Reidenberg of SAVE.org, psychiatrist Dr. Ish Major, relationship expert from WE tv’s “Marriage Boot Camp,” Johan Svanberg of Record Union on the groundbreaking “The 73 Percent Report,” Cat Moore, USC’s Director of Belonging, and Tim Ringgold, music therapist and author of Sonic Recovery.
Now with 30 episodes and counting under her belt, Fong’s 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.
About Mari Fong
As a seasoned music journalist, Fong has interviewed and covered a variety of musicians including Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Cage the Elephant, The White Stripes, Green Day, Devo, Foo Fighters, Korn, Beastie Boys, System of A Down, Gene Simmons of KISS, Incubus, Beastie Boys, blink-182, The Strokes, Rage Against the Machine, David Bowie and Paul McCartney.
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.