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” 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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Episode #26: Debra Sloss is joined by Anastasia Baboulevich and Psychotherapist Kara Bowman, LMFT to talk about practical ways to cope with the with the profound impacts the COVID pandemic is having on all of us as we navigate the cascading stressors of the last 9 months. Given the recent surge, we thought this show (recorded in March 2020) could again be helpful. As a person who lives with mental illness, Anastasia shares how she is experiencing and dealing with the pandemic while trying to support her vulnerable mental health. Psychotherapist Kara Bowman suggests ways to support one’s self and loved ones during these unprecedented times. Full of practical suggestions you can adopt right away, this show offers extensive mental health oriented and mostly free resources.
Episode #25: Continuing our series on racism and mental health, we’re again hearing directly from Black community members as they discuss how access to physical and mental health support could be improved for Blacks and people of color. Join guest host and psychologist Dr. Robert Bartee, activist Joy Flynn, educator and musician Lisa Taylor and educator and activist Jason Seals as they share insights gleaned from their personal and professional experiences in our community. The panel explores how mental health systems have been and continue to be unsafe, culturally inappropriate and invalidating for Blacks and people of color. They offer alternative approaches to supporting wellness along with suggestions for how professionals can improve the accessibility of their services. This is the second show in a two-part series on racism and mental health. Part 1 looked at the effects of racism on mental health for Black individuals and people of color. Check out the extensive resource list posted with this show.
Episode #24: For this series on racism and mental health, we’re turning the microphone over to hear directly from Black community members who experience the difficult realities of racism and the detrimental effects it has on mental health. Join guest host Gail Borkowski, activist Joy Flynn, educator and musician Lisa Taylor and psychologist Dr. Robert Bartee as they share insights gleaned from their personal and professional experiences in our community. Guests describe how racism is a very real daily force and they illuminate the complex and subtle forms it takes. This is the first show in a series of two shows on racism and mental health. Part 2 will look at the impacts of racism on access to physical and mental health support and we’ll explore ways to address those barriers for Black individuals and people of color.
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.
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.
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.