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

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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!

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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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Mental Health First Aid for COVID Remix
Ep. 26: Dealing with the pandemic while trying to support your own mental health is no easy task. This show ...
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Part 2: Racism and Mental Health – Improving Access to Support
Ep. 25: Continuing our series on racism and mental health, we’re again hearing directly from Black community members as they ...
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Part 1: Racism and Mental Health - The Effects
Ep. 24: Hear directly from Black community members about the difficult realities of racism and the detrimental effects it has ...
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Mental Health Recovery after a Disaster
Ep. 23: Disaster response expert and fire survivors join us to discuss the mental health impacts of a disaster and ...
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Mental Health Effects of Dementia on Patients and Caregivers
Ep. 22: In honor of World Alzheimer's Awareness Month, we hear about the many challenges facing dementia patients and their ...
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ALL Episodes

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.

First Responder Mental Health

First Responder Mental Health

Ep. 30: First Responders arrive at the scene of some of the most dangerous and demanding situations, providing immediate care, support, and medical assistance to survivors in the aftermath of a crime or disaster. This kind of work can take a toll on mental health. You’ll hear directly from police officers about their mental health challenges and learn from a critical incident specialist about the mental health needs of first responders and what support workplaces are providing.

Intimacy in the Pandemic for Young Adults – Part 2

Intimacy in the Pandemic for Young Adults – Part 2

Ep. 29: Continuing our series on intimacy in the pandemic, we hear from young adults about how their relationships are being shaped and changed by these unprecedented times. Guests speak about the ways social distancing and the pandemic have made forming new relationships hard and pushed people together in new ways.

Intimacy in the Pandemic for Older Adults – Part 1

Intimacy in the Pandemic for Older Adults – Part 1

Ep. 28: How is the pandemic shaping intimate relationships? Learn more about how mid-life and older adults are navigating intimate relationships, combating loneliness, and finding new ways to connect in person and through technology during the pandemic.

Mental Health Crisis Toolkit

Mental Health Crisis Toolkit

Ep. 27: Learn how to become more skillful at navigating mental health crisis services from those who have been there…many times! Mental health recovery is possible and our guests give specific suggestions to help others get started in that direction!

Mental Health First Aid for COVID Remix

Mental Health First Aid for COVID Remix

Ep. 26: Dealing with the pandemic while trying to support your own mental health is no easy task. This show is full of practical examples and suggestions you can adopt right away and includes an extensive list of mental health oriented and mostly free resources.