State of Mind with Debra Sloss
State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Suicide & Grief: A Story of Hope remix

Episode #7: In this STATE OF MIND episode (remixed for broadcast), Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by guests Rabbi Lori Klein and Kara Bowman, LMFT to discuss grief following a suicide. Lori bravely shares about losing her mentally ill mother to suicide and her grieving and growing process over the 30+ years since. She describes the initial impact, and how over time she has grieved, and learned to shape the meaning of these experiences in more helpful ways. Lori reflects on her own grief process, as well as what she has seen in her many years serving as an oncology hospital chaplain. Kara Bowman, a Hospice therapist and grief and suicide specialist, contributes many insights about grief, about the ways many people grieve in general and specifically following a suicide. Join us for this beautiful story that travels the distance from tragedy to hope.

Broadcast: 6/2/19

Special thanks to my co-producer Lauren Fein for lending her organizational & technical expertise along with her general wizardry to help bring this show to you. Also, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing and donating the use of our theme music.

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County Health Receives Additional Funding for Outreach and Services
With Host Suki Wessling – Each year experts see a decline in mental health during the holidays. This year, Covid adds another layer to an already complex issue. Host Suki Wessling is joined by three experts from County Health to talk about the county’s focus on suicide prevention and access to crisis services during the holidays, and the grants that are allowing them to fund more outreach. Learn about County Behavioral Health efforts on suicide prevention, mobile outreach, and partnerships with law enforcement.

Resources & Links:

Hospice of Santa Cruz County   831-430-3000

WINGS Support Group for Sucide Survivors

Suicide Prevention Service Santa Cruz   831-459-9373

Handbook for Suicide Survivors

American Association of Suicidology

NAMI-SCC: National Alliance on Mental Illness – Santa Cruz County
Office: 831-824-0406
Help Line: 831- 427-8020

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

BOOK: An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

BOOK: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery


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