39 episodes

Slaying your rockstar demons may be the greatest battle of your life! Never fear, the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast is here, where notable musicians and experts share their mental health solutions for wellness. A music journalist and life coach for musicians, host Mari Fong deep dives her interviews to reveal real-world rockstar solutions from artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Fred Armisen and Seether, as well as professional solutions from a variety of mental health experts. A great listen for anyone looking for entertaining, inspiring stories of hope, resilience and recovery. To find your solutions, visit checkyourheadpodcast.com. “Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.”

CHECK YOUR HEAD: Mental Help for Musicians Mari Fong

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Slaying your rockstar demons may be the greatest battle of your life! Never fear, the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast is here, where notable musicians and experts share their mental health solutions for wellness. A music journalist and life coach for musicians, host Mari Fong deep dives her interviews to reveal real-world rockstar solutions from artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Fred Armisen and Seether, as well as professional solutions from a variety of mental health experts. A great listen for anyone looking for entertaining, inspiring stories of hope, resilience and recovery. To find your solutions, visit checkyourheadpodcast.com. “Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.”

    Katelyn Tarver: Living w/Anxiety & Self-Doubt w/Dr. Adi Jaffe (Psychologist, The Abstinence Myth)

    Katelyn Tarver: Living w/Anxiety & Self-Doubt w/Dr. Adi Jaffe (Psychologist, The Abstinence Myth)

    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" captures the feeling when you're not okay, and songs off her new album "Subject To Change" have the same emotional honesty and vulnerability.

    Next, we have Part 2 of the interview with expert Dr. Adi Jaffe, Ph.D, psychologist and author of the book,The Abstinence Myth.  Dr. Jaffe shares the importance of finding the root causes of addiction and how therapy can be essential to longtime recovery and sobriety. He explains his unique approach with the IGNTD program.

    “Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.” For free and affordable solutions for mental health and addiction recovery, visit: http://checkyourheadpodcast.com/
    * Donate to our mission at checkyourheadpodcast.com or on our patreon.com page. Every dollar is appreciated, every listener is appreciated.
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    • 1 hr
    James Arthur: Living w/Depression & Panic Attacks w/Dr. Adi Jaffe (Author, The Abstinence Myth)

    James Arthur: Living w/Depression & Panic Attacks w/Dr. Adi Jaffe (Author, The Abstinence Myth)

    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 of bounds. Winning the X Factor UK in 2012 and his hit single, “Say You Won’t Let Go” took his fame into the stratosphere, yet controversies made fame a rocky road. James Arthur shares his real-world solutions for mood disorders and addiction recovery. We play a clip of “Emily” from his new album, It’ll All Make Sense In The End.
    Next, mental health and addiction specialist Dr. Adi Jaffe explains his unique recovery perspective from his book,The Abstinence Myth. Dr. Jaffe also shares his story of hardcore addiction and the trials of his recovery which helped him develop his personalized recovery plan called IGNTD.
    “Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.” For free and affordable solutions for mental health and addiction recovery, visit: http://checkyourheadpodcast.com/
    * Donate to our mission at checkyourheadpodcast.com or on our patreon.com page. Every dollar is appreciated, every listener is appreciated.
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    • 58 min
    Sal Rodriguez (WAR): Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior & Addiction Recovery w/Jeff Duke (Christ Powered Recovery)

    Sal Rodriguez (WAR): Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior & Addiction Recovery w/Jeff Duke (Christ Powered Recovery)

    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 solutions through Christ Powered Recovery and the 12 steps. Multi-platinum selling band WAR celebrates their 52nd anniversary in 2021.
     
    Next, we have Sal Rodriguez's mentor and founder of Christ Powered Recovery, Jeff Duke, who  shares his knowledge on why the program worked for Sal and how to prevent relapse with our mood disorders and addictions. With 26 years of sobriety, Jeff shares common trials and tribulations of recovery and how a better life is waiting for you on the other side.
     
    “Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.” For free and affordable solutions for mental health and addiction recovery, visit: http://checkyourheadpodcast.com/
    * Donate to our mission at checkyourheadpodcast.com or on our patreon.com page. Every dollar is appreciated, every listener is appreciated.
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    • 55 min
    Michael Murphy (Written By Wolves): Living w/ Anxiety & Perfectionism Recovery w/Mari Fong (Life Coach for Musicians) & Kat Jensen

    Michael Murphy (Written By Wolves): Living w/ Anxiety & Perfectionism Recovery w/Mari Fong (Life Coach for Musicians) & Kat Jensen

    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, and how making lists has worked wonders for him. We play a clip of “Help Me Through the Night” inspired by Michael’s anxiety. Written By Wolves dropped the “The Collab Project” EP made as a mental health initiative featuring collaborations with Kellin Quinn of Sleeping with Sirens, Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. and more. 
    Next, Mari Fong, Life Coach for Musicians, and Kat Jensen, singer-songwriter formerly of Love Toyz, talk about the dangers of perfectionism and how it can be tamed to work for you, not against you. How perfectionism can creep into a musician’s life and wreak havoc on their mind, body, spirit and relationships. How mistakes show you the way to achieving your goals.
     
    “Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.” For free and affordable solutions for mental health and addiction recovery, visit: http://checkyourheadpodcast.com/
    * Donate to our mission at checkyourheadpodcast.com or on our patreon.com page. Every dollar is appreciated, every listener is appreciated.
    THANK YOU for following us on social media @checkyourheadpodcastWatch and subscribe to our YouTube Channel:  checkyourheadpodcast.youtubeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/checkyourheadpodcast)

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chase Bryant: Living w/Anxiety, Depression & Imposter Syndrome Recovery w/Aric Steinberg (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund)

    Chase Bryant: Living w/Anxiety, Depression & Imposter Syndrome Recovery w/Aric Steinberg (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund)

    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 superstars like Tim McGraw where the stress of fame took his toll and led him to a suicide attempt. Slowing his life down, being true to himself, and therapy have soothed his soul and helped calm his mood disorders. 
    Next, Aric Steinberg of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund talks about how this 501(c)3 nonprofit can help musicians and others working in the music industry with financial assistance, especially during this pandemic. Sweet Relief and the CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast partner for the Add-A-Buck Program where artists donate $1 for each ticket sold to benefit musicians and their mental health. Aric shares how easy it is to apply for Sweet Relief assistance.
    “Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.” For free and affordable solutions for mental health and addiction recovery, visit: http://checkyourheadpodcast.com/
    * Donate to our mission at checkyourheadpodcast.com or on our patreon.com page. Every dollar is appreciated, every listener is appreciated.
    THANK YOU for following us on social media @checkyourheadpodcastWatch and subscribe to our YouTube Channel:  checkyourheadpodcast.youtubeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/checkyourheadpodcast)

    • 48 min
    Cap Carter: Living w/Depression & Addiction Recovery w/Cat Moore (USC Dir. of Belonging, Loneliness Expert)

    Cap Carter: Living w/Depression & Addiction Recovery w/Cat Moore (USC Dir. of Belonging, Loneliness Expert)

    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 his life.  Addiction recovery with the 12-step program helped resolved connections with his father and begin a new chapter in his musical career. 
    Next, we have loneliness expert and USC’s Director of Belonging, Cat Moore who guides us in how to make friends and lasting connections even during tough separations such as the pandemic. Cat shares the 5 components of making meaningful relationships and ways to feel like you belong wherever you go in life. 
    “Be brave, ask for help, and be persistent in finding the mental help that you need.” For 125+ free or affordable solutions for mental health recovery, visit: http://checkyourheadpodcast.com/
    * Donate to our mission at checkyourheadpodcast.com or on our patreon.com page. Every dollar is appreciated, every listener is appreciated 3
    THANK YOU for following us on social media @checkyourheadpodcastWatch and subscribe to our YouTube Channel:  checkyourheadpodcast.youtubeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/checkyourheadpodcast)

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Joshill:) ,

Thanks Mari!

This host is doing important work that is needed in this space. She takes it seriously but knows how to keep it relevant and interesting. Quality production, keep it up!

xpolamalu_43x ,

Awesome and Inspiring Podcast

I really enjoy the Check Your Head Podcast. Very inspiring, insightful, and interesting topics of discussion that anyone can relate to❣️
Karen Gustad
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Yeet821 ,

Love this!!

Can’t get enough!!!

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