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 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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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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ALL Episodes

Mental Health Recovery after a Disaster

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 to explore how we recover and build resilience. Guests share their experiences with emergency evacuation, losing their home, and finding a road forward. Additional first-person accounts and useful disaster resources can be found on the post.

Mental Health Effects of Dementia on Patients and Caregivers

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 care-partners who can also be at particular risk for developing mental health problems. Learn more about important preparations, finding support and local resources.

The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

Ep. 21: Holocaust survivor Gitta Ryle speaks about her long road of self-discovery and healing with forgiveness playing a central role. And researcher, author, and forgiveness expert Frederic Luskin PhD, explains what forgiveness is and isn’t, ways to access it and the profound power of forgiveness in mental health.

Part II: Parenting Teens with Anxiety

Part II: Parenting Teens with Anxiety

Ep. 20: Continuing our series on Teens with Anxiety, we focus this time on the parenting experience. Guests discuss warning signs, ways to talk with your teen, strategies and approaches to support teens with anxiety. The impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on teens is also discussed. To learn more, listen to last month’s show Part 1: Teens with Anxiety (Ep. 19).

Part I: Teens with Anxiety

Part I: Teens with Anxiety

Ep. 19: We hear from a college student about navigating severe anxiety since childhood, her placement in a residential treatment program and learning to work with her family to developed skills for life. Learn more about teen anxiety symptoms, tips for managing symptoms and get new resources. You may also want to check out Part 2 in this series: Parenting Teens with Anxiety (Ep. 20).

Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease

Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease

Ep. 17: Just weeks after the COVID-19 outbreak begins, we offer help for those with mental health conditions about how to better cope under these trying conditions. This show is full of practical suggestions you can adopt right away, and includes an extensive list of mental health oriented and mostly free resources.