State of Mind

State of Mind

 Stories of Mental Health
& Wellness

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

Show Type: Prerecorded Interview/Talk

Hosted & Produced
by Debra Sloss, LMFT
Audio Production: Jeanne Baldzikowski
Research & Outreach: Jennifer Young, LMFT

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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
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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Part 1: Racism and Mental Health - The Effects
Episode #24: For this series on racism and mental health, we’re turning the microphone over to hear directly from Black ...
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Mental Health Recovery after a Disaster
Episode #23: Disaster response expert and Red Cross Volunteer Dr. Diane Bridgeman and wildfire survivors Sarah & Sam Clarkson join ...
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Mental Health Effects of Dementia on Patients and Caregivers
Episode #22: In honor of September, World Alzheimer's Awareness Month, Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Anne Friscia who cared ...
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SoM Interview Guests
Episode #21: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Holocaust survivor and public speaker Gitta Ryle who was separated from her ...
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Parenting Teens with Anxiety
Episode #20 Continues our 2-show series on Teens with Anxiety by focusing on parenting. Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by ...
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Part I: Teens with Anxiety
Episode #19: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by college student Elena Shain and Santa Cruz psychologist Sheilah Siegel, Ph.D. to ...
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Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease
Episode #18: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Judith Ain and Family Medicine Physician Assistant and Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr ...
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Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19
Episode #17: Debra Sloss is joined by Anastasia Baboulevich and psychotherapist Kara Bowman, LMFT to talk about ways to help ...
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Anorexia Nervosa: An Unconventional Recovery Story
Episode #16: Debra Sloss is joined by biomedical writer Evelyn Strauss and Psychotherapist Jeanne Willis, LMFT to talk about recovery ...
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Parenting Transgender Youth Remix
Episode #15: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by parent advocate Heidi Korokowski and gender ...
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Adult ADHD remix

Adult ADHD remix

Episode #12: In this STATE of MIND episode, Debra Sloss is joined by guests Judy Brenis and Hannah Jones to discuss Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Hannah shares the story of her struggles that led to an adult ADHD diagnosis. She learned to understand and accept herself, and she developed strategies to accomplish her goals and dreams. Judy Brenis shares her experience and wisdom gained from having a child with ADHD, leading ADHD support groups for parents and adults, and working as an ADHD coach. Debra, Hannah, and Judy explore the challenges faced by people with ADHD, how to get properly diagnosed, where to find support and resources, and how adult ADHD differs from childhood ADHD. This was the first STATE of MIND show ever recorded (over a year ago) and was previously released only as a podcast. It has now been re-edited for broadcast.

Practicing Compassion for Self & Others

Practicing Compassion for Self & Others

Episode #10: In this STATE OF MIND episode, Debra Sloss, LMFT is again joined by Buddhist nun and teacher Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi along Patrick McGinn, one of her mindfulness studies students, to discuss how simple compassion skill practices can help people learn to be gentler with themselves and others, and to feel happier in their lives. Venerable Tenzin shares tips on how to begin practicing compassion and gives examples of how to use these skills. Patrick, a practicing Buddhist, describes how these skills have helped him to be less judgmental and led him to greater joy and connection with others. He also tells how he learned these skills, and shares simple things he does to keep them alive and working in his life.

Managing Emotions Mindfully

Managing Emotions Mindfully

Episode #9: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by Buddhist nun and teacher, Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi and mindfulness student Holly Costa to discuss how simple mindfulness practices can help people learn to manage their emotions more effectively, improve relationships, and increase ease in their lives even during challenging times. Venerable Tenzin talks about the value of being aware (or mindful) of our emotions and shares specific skills that can be used to help manage them. Holly, a new mindfulness student, insightfully describes how employing these skills has helped her have better relationships at work and with family members who have mental illness and addiction challenges.

Seniors & Loneliness: Lives at Risk

Seniors & Loneliness: Lives at Risk

Episode #8: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by former dentist Tim Znamirowskilo and social worker Elizabeth Hutton to discuss the issue of isolation in older adults and the mental and physical health risks associated with loneliness. Tim shares his personal challenges with isolation and depression, while Elizabeth sheds light on the many problems older adults face and where to find help. Adult Services Director Mike McConnell also joins the conversation to share about the new exhibit “We’re Still Here” now showing at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) that was created by local seniors and features the many challenges they face. Most of us have at least one older adult in our lives, so tune in for this informative discussion and learn more about the many challenges they face and about supports and services available to them.

Suicide & Grief: A Story of Hope remix

Suicide & Grief: A Story of Hope remix

Episode #7: In this STATE OF MIND episode (remixed for broadcast) Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by guests Rabbi Lori Klein and Kara Bowman, LMFT to discuss grief following a suicide. Lori bravely shares about losing her mentally ill mother to suicide and her grieving and growing process over the 30+ years since. Kara Bowman, a Hospice therapist and grief and suicide specialist, contributes many insights about grief, about the ways many people grieve in general and specifically following a suicide. Join us for this beautiful story that travels the distance from tragedy to hope.