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 explore the intricacies of being human and living well. Join us for new understandings, seeds of hope, and valuable resources.

Topics include:

  • The impact of racism on mental health, caregiving, and health conditions
  • Diagnosis specific topics like: Bipolar Disorder / Anxiety / Psychotic Symptoms
  • Trauma, Grief and Substance Use Recovery
  • Building Resilience  / Creativity and Wellness
  • Teen Topics: LGBTQ+ / Trans Youth / Peer Support
  • Suicide and Domestic Violence Prevention and many more.
    Check out our complete archive below!


1st Sunday & 2nd Monday
of every month, 6-7 PM PST
90.7, 89.7 & 89.5 fm KSQD

Listen Anytime

Most Recent Episodes

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Host & Producer

Debra Sloss, LMFT, a seasoned Santa Cruz, California based licensed psychotherapist, is the visionary behind the STATE of MIND Radio Show and Podcast. Inspired by her personal journey supporting her son through mental health challenges and her volunteer work with NAMI, Debra brings three decades of clinical experience to this project. With a wealth of experience in therapy services and supervision training, she’s dedicated to promoting mental health awareness and amplifying diverse perspectives.


Jeanne Baldzikowski – Audio Production
Pati Palmer – Transcription Editor
Patrice Vecchione – “In Your Voice” Story Coach
Rebecca Levy – Media Outreach
Katrina Tattenham – Researcher
Jennifer Young & Evelyn Strauss- Copy Editors


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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