State of Mind

State of Mind

Stories of Mental Health & Wellness

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

Show Type: Interview/Talk

Hosted & Produced:
by Debra Sloss, LMFT
Audio Production: Jeanne Baldzikowski
Research & Outreach: Jennifer Young, LMFT Marketing & Social Media: Izzy Weisz

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Featuring intimate conversations about mental health and wellness with psychotherapist Debra Sloss. Guests share personal stories and professional knowledge on important mental health topics. Explore the intricacy of these issues and hear hard-earned wisdom from the lived experience. Join us for new understandings, seeds of hope, and valuable resources. 

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

Our aim is to bring to light the complexity of the human experience, reduce stigma, and provide valuable information in order to improve access to care and support. We hope this leads to changing attitudes, greater 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 her first radio project, she has over 25 years experience providing direct therapy services and clinical supervision training. Debra is passionate about improving mental health in her community and has worked in schools, agencies, private practice and now media. She maintains a psychotherapy practice in Santa Cruz, California.

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GOT A STORY TO SHARE?
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 debra.stateofmind@ksqd.org.

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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 debra.stateofmind@ksqd.org. Your voice may just become part of one of our future shows!

Episode 36
Ep. 36: This show is a follow-up to a two–part series produced in 2020 that examined the effects of racism ...
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Episode 35
Ep. 35: Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and a preventable public health problem. In ...
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Episode 34
Ep. 34: For National Suicide Prevention Month, we focus on suicide prevention for teens and young adults. Being informed about ...
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Gender-based violence is an umbrella term that includes the more familiar descriptors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence ...
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Ep. 32: The effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) go way beyond making someone a neat freak. This anxiety disorder ...
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Ep. 31: After more than a year of online schooling, we look at the impact the pandemic is having on ...
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Ep. 30: First Responders arrive at the scene of some of the most dangerous and demanding situations, providing immediate care, ...
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Ep. 29: Continuing our series on intimacy in the pandemic, we hear from young adults about how their relationships are ...
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Ep. 28: How is the pandemic shaping intimate relationships? Learn more about how mid-life and older adults are navigating intimate ...
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Ep. 27: Learn how to become more skillful at navigating mental health crisis services from those who have been there…many ...
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ALL Episodes

Racism & Mental Health: One Year Later

Racism & Mental Health: One Year Later

Ep. 36: This show is a follow-up to a two–part series produced in 2020 that examined the effects of racism on mental health. Guest host Gail Borkowski welcomes back Black community members–activist Joy Flynn, psychologist Dr. Robert Bartee, and educator/activist Jason Seals–to talk about the detrimental effects of racism on mental health, the impact of the last year’s events, what’s changed, and what still needs to change to achieve greater health equity and well-being for Blacks and people of color.

Suicide Loss, Grief and Recovery

Suicide Loss, Grief and Recovery

Ep. 35: Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States and a preventable public health problem. In this show, we talk with suicide prevention and support professional, Carly Memoli, and with Leslie Nielsen whose adult son Ben died by suicide early this year. We discuss complicated grief and explore how one learns to cope after someone they’ve loved or cared about has died by suicide. This show is part 2 of a two-part series on suicide. We invite you to also check out last month’s show, Ep. 34: Suicide Prevention for Teens and Young Adults.

Suicide Prevention for Teens and Young Adults

Suicide Prevention for Teens and Young Adults

Ep. 34: For National Suicide Prevention Month, we focus on suicide prevention for teens and young adults. Being informed about suicide can help prevent many of these tragic deaths. In this show we talk about feeling suicidal, where to find help and support, and how to recognize warning signs. We also learn about how to help others who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts or feelings. This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Next month’s show focuses on complicated grief and recovering from losing a loved one to suicide.

Gender-Based Violence Prevention for Teens and Young Adults

Gender-Based Violence Prevention for Teens and Young Adults

Gender-based violence is an umbrella term that includes the more familiar descriptors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence and dating violence. It’s an extensive problem across our country and around the world, impacting one in every three girls. Teens and college students are particularly vulnerable. The coronavirus pandemic has amplified the problem and led to a rising number of crisis line calls and requests for services. For survivors, the mental health impacts are substantial and can include an array of symptoms. Join us to learn prevention tips and prepare yourself to help stop such violence.

Living Well with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Living Well with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Ep. 32: The effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) go way beyond making someone a neat freak. This anxiety disorder is characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that consume hours of people’s days, restrict their lives, and increase isolation and suffering. Join us as one woman shares her experience of having OCD since childhood and describes how she’s living a productive and fulfilling life. We’ll also learn from an anxiety specialist about OCD symptoms and evidence-based treatment approaches. This episode features a moving, original song written and performed by our guest about her experience of living with OCD.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Teens in the Pandemic

Supporting LGBTQ+ Teens in the Pandemic

Ep. 31: After more than a year of online schooling, we look at the impact the pandemic is having on LGBTQ+ Teens and how schools and communities are responding. Teen guests courageously share the struggles they’ve faced and how they’ve persevered to find their voices as leaders and advocates. Joining us as guest host for this conversation is queer community member, recent college graduate, and former State of Mind guest, Adam Lanfear. In honor of Pride Month, come along with us to learn how gestures that may seem small, signal acceptance in big ways… and could help save a life.