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Slaying your rockstar demons may be the greatest battle of your life! The CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast is where your favorite musicians and experts share their solutions for mental health and wellness. A music journalist and life coach for musicians, host Mari Fong deep dives with her interviews to bring you the open, honest rockstar stories you want to hear. So if you're someone with mood disorders or addictions, a musician, a music fan, or anyone looking for hope and recovery told with heart an ...
 
DBSA podcasts feature some of the nation’s leading experts on mental health, covering a wide range of topics dealing with depression, bipolar, anxiety, and more. Listen and learn about treatment options, personal wellness strategies, relationships, and more.
 
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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. Winona eventually became agoraphobic but help from loved ones along with me…
 
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 …
 
A Peer Support Specialist is a professional with lived mental health experience who is trained and certified to provide help and encouragement for others who are also working towards wellness. Listen and learn from Douglas Hulst, DBSA’s Peer Specialist Workforce Development Program Manager, as he dives into the concept of peer support and how it be…
 
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…
 
This is a special preview of the first episode of our new I'm Living Proof Podcast Series. In our first episode of I’m Living Proof: A Letter to My Younger Self, we hear from Olivia, DBSA Young Adult Council member. Olivia’s letter to her younger self describes the challenges she had in confiding in others and asking for help. Olivia describes her …
 
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 Sleep Society is based on Sean’s mental health journey and admits the s…
 
If you live with depression or bipolar, when things are at their worst it can feel like things will never get better. It may be when you are first diagnosed or during a difficult event, or for no particular reason that you can pinpoint at all. What we do know is that these times do pass, and that you are not alone. In fact, when we take time to ref…
 
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. Having recently dropped their album "The Human Condition," Chris talks about song…
 
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'…
 
In this DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, guest expert Dr. LaGenia Bailey shares with Programs Director Maria Margaglione and Programs Manager Hannah Zeller how to tend to our Environment Wellness in three areas: nature, our homes and workspaces, and our brain.Dr. LaGenia Bailey is the founder of East West Integrative healing. Her soul’s mission is to f…
 
Mari Fong interviews Danny Griego (singer-songwriter) 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-filled PTSD. Af…
 
In this DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, two DBSA staff members, Maria Margaglione, Programs Director, and Hannah Zeller, Programs Manager discuss Intellectual Wellness and their journeys toward wellness. Maria and Hannah interview expert Dr. Wendy Linderholm to address the challenges individuals who live with depression and bipolar might face in terms…
 
Did you know that your DNA can provide insights that can help with treatment planning? In this episode of the DBSA podcast, we talk to Dr. Mark Pollack, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Affairs of Myriad Neuroscience, about what pharmacogenetic testing is, how the testing works, and what benefits it can offer peers. We also talk…
 
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…
 
In this DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, DBSA staff Maria Margaglione, Programs Director, and Hannah Zeller, Programs Manager discuss Social Wellness and their journey towards wellness. In this episode, Maria and Hannah interview expert Beth Vaccaro, LPC, and discuss the challenges individuals who live with depression and bipolar might face in terms of…
 
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…
 
Today, we're speaking with DBSA co-founder Rose Kurland, who takes us back to the fall of 1978, when six people gathered in her living room in Glencoe, Illinois. This small but enthusiastic group laid the foundation for the life-changing work that reaches across 35 years. Rose shares highlights from DBSA's earliest years in a conversation with comm…
 
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…
 
Continuing our podcast series centered around the DBSA Wellness Wheel, our most recent episode focuses on finances. DBSA talks with Dr. Thomas Richardson, a Clinical Psychologist who works with a community mental health team for adults at Solent NHS Trust in Portsmouth, UK. An avid researcher, he also has lived experience with Bipolar Disorder. We …
 
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…
 
DBSA's Young Adult Council members are back to discuss their early experiences with bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, and explain how they found the right treatment. Symptoms of a mood disorder can be hard to recognize and understand, especially when they happen simultaneously. YAC members recall where they were in life when the first sign…
 
In our ongoing series based on the DBSA Wellness Wheel, hosts Maria Margaglione and Hannah Zeller welcome expert guests that shed light on how people with mood disorders can build resilience in 7 key areas of their lives. In this episode, Maria and Hannah talk with Sue Phillips, co-founder of Sacred Design Lab, where she helps people find new ways …
 
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…
 
In this DBSA podcast, host Dontae Freeman welcomes guests to an open conversation on the unique experiences and barriers that people of color face in seeking effective mental health care. We offer these perspectives as part of the wider conversation on race, culture, and mental health taking place during Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC) …
 
In the DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, DBSA staff Maria Margaglione, Programs Director, and Hannah Zeller, Programs Manager discuss the areas of the Wellness Wheel and their journey towards wellness. In this episode, DBSA interviews expert Alexandra Kopack, to find out more about Occupational Wellness.The conversation covers challenges you may be expe…
 
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…
 
In the DBSA Wellness Wheel podcast, DBSA staff Maria Margaglione, Programs Director, and Hannah Zeller, Programs Manager discuss areas of the Wellness Wheel and their journey towards wellness. In this inaugural episode, DBSA interviews expert Dr. Holly Swartz who is a member of DBSA’s Scientific Advisory Board and a former Klerman Award winner, to …
 
DBSA talks to Young Adult Council members about how they use routines to help manage their mental health. Routines have been shown to reduce stress and can improve your mood. Listen and learn how to establish easy routines and build healthy habits. Also, check out DBSA's new Wellness Wheel: https://www.dbsalliance.org/wellness/wellness-toolbox/dbsa…
 
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…
 
DBSA sat down with three young adult council members to talk about the changes they are experiencing because of COVID-19. The conversation covers working from home, changing commencement plans, as well as giving and receiving therapy from home. FOOTNOTES:San Diego Zoo Stream: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-camsGeorgia Aquarium Stream: https://www…
 
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 (Saturday Night Live, SNL, Portlandia, Bandleader/Drummer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, Big Mouth, Los Espookys) 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 …
 
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, San Gabriel Valley). 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 depression. Tony Gonzalez, P…
 
In 2017 we lost a number of well-loved artists to suicide - Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, and EDM DJ, AVICII. 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 an…
 
Sticking to a budget and navigating insurance can be tough for anyone, especially if they are living with a mood disorder. Members of DBSA Young Adult Council provide practical tips to stay financially healthy while living with depression or bipolar. They also break down some insurance jargon you may not be familiar with and share personal stories …
 
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