CHECK YOUR HEAD: Mental help for musicians podcast

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CHECK YOUR HEAD is a podcast where notable musicians and experts share their personal stories and real-world solutions for mental health. 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.

Listen to the special Valentine’s Day episode with Linda Ronstadt and Dr. Ish Major (Psychiatrist, “Marriage Boot Camp”) here:

Top mental health experts are paired with each episode such as Dr. Dan Reidenberg (, Michael Friedman, Ph.D. (Psychology Today), Dr. Ish Major (Relationship expert, “Marriage Boot Camp”), Johan Svanberg (Record Union, “The 73 Percent Report”) and Tim Ringgold, MT-BC (Music Therapist, Sonic Recovery).

Fong says, “When I first heard the news in 2017 that Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) had lost his life to suicide, the news hit me hard. Then when Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) took his own life and soon after AVICII (Tim Bergling) did the same, I just couldn’t believe it.” She adds, “Here were artists whose music brought me and many others so much joy, and now they were gone. I knew I had to do something, but something that would actually make a difference.” That “something” was to become an advocate for musicians and their mental health. Fong raised funds by hosting music events and partnering with charities to help provide solutions to the increasing crisis of suicides, self-medicating addictions, and other mental health challenges faced within the music industry.

Now with 19 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.

CHECK YOUR HEAD is fiscally sponsored by DBSA San Gabriel Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with all donations tax-deductible.

Listen to the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast at, SpotifyApple PodcastsAmazon Music or anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.

About Mari Fong
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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.

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