State of Mind

Stories of Mental
Health & Wellness

Intimate conversations about mental health and wellness with psychotherapist Debra Sloss. Our guests share personal stories and hard-earned wisdom from their lived experience accompanied by experts sharing their professional knowledge on important mental health topics. Together we’ll explore the intricacies of being human and living well. Join us for new understandings, seeds of hope, and valuable resources.

Topics include:

  • Impact of Racism on Access to Mental Health Services
  • Building Resilience
  • Trauma in the Central Nervous System
  • Living well with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Suicide Prevention, and so many more.

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1st Sunday & 2nd Monday
of every month, 6-7 PM PST
90.7 fm KSQD

Listen Anytime

Most Recent Episodes

STATE of MIND- Ep 52

Healing from Dysfunctional Families with the ACA 12-Step Program

State of Mind - Ep 50

Men in Therapy

State of Mind - Ep 50

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Remix

Host & Producer

Debra Sloss, LMFT, a longtime Santa Cruz licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience providing direct therapy services and clinical supervision training.


Jeanne Baldzikowski – Audio Production
Liisa Herendeen, LCSW – Research
Izzy Weisz – Marketing
Leslie Nielsen – “In Your Voice” Coordinator
Patrice Vecchione – “In Your Voice” Story Coaching 


Our aim is create a program that helps bring to light the complexity of the human experience, reduce stigma, provide valuable information, and improve access to care and support.

Equity Stance

At STATE of MIND, we believe Black Lives Matter. We acknowledge systemic inequities and internal biases can inhibit equal access. We are committed to increase our awareness of inequities and biases and to act from values of inclusion and compassion.

Suggest a Topic

If you or someone you know has topic ideas for future shows or a story of mental health recovery to share as a potential guest, please email us at

In Your Voice

In Your Voice are short segments on the show where a listener gets to add their voice to the topic. You can call us at 831-824-4324 and leave a 1-3 minute message about: a mental health experience you’ve had, something that has contributed to your mental health recovery journey, or share a resource that has helped you. Alternatively, you can make a 1-3 minute audio recording right on your phone and email that file to

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