Stories of Mental Health
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
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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Episode #6: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by guests Cynthia Nollenberger, LMFT & Rick to discuss the complicated intersection of substance use and metal health problems that afflicts nearly 8 million Americans. Often referred to as “dual diagnosis”, each condition affects the other making recovery more difficult. Rick shares his remarkable story of recovery, first from what he calls “insanity” and then later from addiction. Psychotherapist Cynthia Nollenberger, sheds light on common experiences of those who struggle with dual diagnoses, highlights risk factors, gives some advice to parents and shares information about local resources.
Episode #5: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by peer & NAMI educator Hugh McCormick and parent & NAMI educator Emily Chapman to talk about mental health recovery and the support, education and advocacy programs the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has to offer to those with mental illness, family members and loved ones. Hugh shares his harrowing story of how his life as a college student was derailed by mental illness and how he finds his way to recovery and back to a life he loves living.
Episode #4: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by Toni Crossen, LMFT and Denise Leto former women’s self-defense instructors to talk about how learning to protect yourself supports mental health and wellness. They share stories about women who do successfully defend themselves from attacks and about the many positive impacts self-defense training has on women’s lives. Toni and Denise share their experiences from more than 20 years of teaching women’s self-defense and training instructors as well as guidance about what to look for in a good self-defense program and community resources.
Episode #3: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by parent advocate Heidi Korokowski and gender therapist Daniel Blumrosen, LMFT to talk about the unique and often challenging experience of parenting a transgender child, how to provide support and where to find help and support yourself.
Episode #2: In this STATE OF MIND episode 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.
Episode #1: Welcome to the very fist episode of “STATE OF MIND: Being Human and Living Well” soon to broadcast on the new community radio station 90.7 FM KSQD (K-squid). In this episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by guests Judy Brenis and Hannah Jones to discuss Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Hannah shares her personal story of her struggles leading up to and then being diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. Judy Brenis draws on her many years of experience and wisdom from having a child diagnosed with ADHD, from leading ADHD support groups for parents and adults and from working as an ADHD Coach. The three of us discuss what kinds of challenges people with ADHD face, how adult ADHD differs from childhood ADHD, how to get properly diagnosed, where to find help and support and more.