State of Mind

State of Mind

Stories of Mental Health & Wellness

Airs: 1st Sunday of every month,  6-7 PM

Show Type: Prerecorded Interview/Talk 

Hosted & Produced by Debra Sloss, LMFT
Audio Production: Jeanne Baldzikowski
Research & Outreach: Jennifer Young, LMFT

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STATE of MIND features intimate conversations about mental health and wellness with psychotherapist Debra Sloss. Guests share personal stories and professional knowledge on important mental health issues. Explore the complexity of the human experience and hear hard-earned wisdom from lived experience. Join us for new understandings, seeds of hope, and valuable resources. New shows broadcast 6-7 pm on the first Sunday of every month on KSQD 90.7 FM and livestream on KSQD.org.

 Helping our world become a little more humane,
one remarkable story of mental health recovery at a time!  

We at STATE of MIND believe that in airing these stories we bring to light the complexity of the human experience, reduce stigma, and provide valuable information in order to improve access to care and support. Our greatest hope is that this will lead to changing attitudes, more compassion and improved policy making.

Our Equity Stance: At STATE of MIND, we believe that Black Lives Matter. We deeply value equal access to mental and physical health, safety, compassion, and your personal voice. We acknowledge that systemic inequities and internal biases can inhibit this equal access. We are committed to increase our awareness of these inequities and biases and to act from values of inclusion and compassion. 

Hosted by Debra Sloss, LMFT, a longtime Santa Cruz licensed psychotherapist. While this is Debra’s first radio project, she has over 25 years experience providing direct therapy services and more than 10 years providing clinical supervision training for new therapists. Debra is passionate about improving mental health in her community. She’s worked in schools, agencies, private practice and now media. Debra is a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) volunteer and continues to offer psychotherapy and counseling services in her private practice in Santa Cruz, California.

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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 [email protected]. Your voice may just become part of one of our future shows!

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Part 1: Racism and Mental Health - The Effects
Episode #24: For this series on racism and mental health, we’re turning the microphone over to hear directly from Black ...
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Mental Health Recovery after a Disaster
Episode #23: Disaster response expert and Red Cross Volunteer Dr. Diane Bridgeman and wildfire survivors Sarah & Sam Clarkson join ...
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Mental Health Effects of Dementia on Patients and Caregivers
Episode #22: In honor of September, World Alzheimer's Awareness Month, Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Anne Friscia who cared ...
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SoM Interview Guests
Episode #21: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Holocaust survivor and public speaker Gitta Ryle who was separated from her ...
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Parenting Teens with Anxiety
Episode #20 Continues our 2-show series on Teens with Anxiety by focusing on parenting. Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by ...
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Part I: Teens with Anxiety
Episode #19: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by college student Elena Shain and Santa Cruz psychologist Sheilah Siegel, Ph.D. to ...
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Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease
Episode #18: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Judith Ain and Family Medicine Physician Assistant and Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr ...
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Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19
Episode #17: Debra Sloss is joined by Anastasia Baboulevich and psychotherapist Kara Bowman, LMFT to talk about ways to help ...
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Anorexia Nervosa: An Unconventional Recovery Story
Episode #16: Debra Sloss is joined by biomedical writer Evelyn Strauss and Psychotherapist Jeanne Willis, LMFT to talk about recovery ...
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Parenting Transgender Youth Remix
Episode #15: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by parent advocate Heidi Korokowski and gender ...
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Mental Health Recovery after a Disaster

Mental Health Recovery after a Disaster

Episode #23: Disaster response expert and Red Cross Volunteer Dr. Diane Bridgeman and wildfire survivors Sarah & Sam Clarkson join host Debra Sloss to discuss the mental health impacts of a disaster and explore how we recover and build resilience. In the immediate aftermath of our recent fires, Sam and Sarah tenderly share their experiences with emergency evacuation, losing their home, and finding a road forward. The posting for this show includes additional first-person accounts and many useful disaster resources that target mental health, preparedness and recovery.

Mental Health Effects of Dementia on Patients and Caregivers

Mental Health Effects of Dementia on Patients and Caregivers

Episode #22: In honor of September, World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Anne Friscia who cared for her mother Dixie for the last 9 years of her life while she lived with vascular dementia. This show also features dementia support group leader, educator and psychologist Louise Bettner PhD, who helps us understand the many challenges facing dementia patients and their care-partners. Caregivers for dementia patients are at particularly high risk for anxiety, depression, and poor quality of life. Learn more about important preparations, finding support and local resources.

The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

Episode #21: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Holocaust survivor and public speaker Gitta Ryle who was separated from her parents and experienced terrible trauma while fleeing from the Nazis during World War II. As an adult, Gitta found herself sick with physical and mental health symptoms. She embarked on a long road of self-discovery and healing with forgiveness playing a central role. Also with us to discuss the profound power of forgiveness in mental health is researcher, author, and forgiveness expert Frederic Luskin PhD, who helps us understand what forgiveness is and isn’t, why it is of value, and ways to access it.

Part II: Parenting Teens with Anxiety

Part II: Parenting Teens with Anxiety

Episode #20 Continues our 2-show series on Teens with Anxiety by focusing on parenting. Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Jenny Shain, the parent of two children with serious anxiety that required residential treatment and Santa Cruz psychologist Sheilah Siegel, Ph.D. to discuss the strategies and challenges of raising teens with anxiety. Jenny discusses what it is like parenting these teens and what she has learned. Dr. Siegel shares warning signs, ways to talk with your teen, and strategies and approaches to support them. We also discuss the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on Jenny’s family, and Dr. Siegal discusses some of the expected impacts on teens with pre-existing anxiety. To learn more, listen to last month’s show Part 1: Teens with Anxiety (episode 19).

Part I: Teens with Anxiety

Part I: Teens with Anxiety

Episode #19: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by college student Elena Shain and Santa Cruz psychologist Sheilah Siegel, Ph.D. to discuss the increasing prevalence of anxiety disorders in teens and young adults. Elena courageously shares her story of navigating severe anxiety since childhood, her placement in a residential treatment program, and working with her family to developed skills to better navigate her life. Elena credits her psychiatric service dog Tucker with enabling her to better manage symptoms and expand her world. Dr. Siegel helps us understand teen anxiety symptoms, shares tips from her clients, and offers resources. We also discuss the impacts the coronavirus pandemic is having on teens with pre-existing anxiety conditions. This is Part 1 of a two-show series on teens with anxiety. To learn more, tune in to “Part 2: Parenting Teens with Anxiety.”

Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease

Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease

Episode #18: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Judith Ain and Family Medicine Physician Assistant and Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr. Cynthia Quattro to discuss the tick-borne illness Lyme Disease and the mental health effects associated with it. Judith shares her personal story of trying to figure out what was happening as her health deteriorated and how she got diagnosed, sought treatment and learned to live with the long-term symptoms. Dr. Quattro offers information about the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease and how and where to get the illness accurately diagnosed. She also shares information about integrative treatment approaches.