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

Practicing Compassion for Self & Others

Practicing Compassion for Self & Others

Ep. 10: Continuing our series on mental wellness through mindfulness, we explore the health value of learning to practice compassion first with yourself and then with others. One man shares how these skills have helped him to be less judgmental and led him to greater joy and connection with others. Also check out the previous show on developing greater Emotional Balance (Ep. 9).

Managing Emotions Mindfully

Managing Emotions Mindfully

Ep. 9: 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. Our guest describes how employing these skills has helped her have better relationships at work and with family members who have mental illness and addiction challenges. Also check out the next show on Practicing Compassion (Ep. 10).

Seniors & Loneliness: Lives at Risk

Seniors & Loneliness: Lives at Risk

Ep. 8: Nearly 50% of seniors report social isolation and loneliness. These issues are linked to a variety of long-term physical and mental health risks. One man tells about finding his way from loneliness to community, connection and greater physical and mental health. Our guests also discuss a recent art museum exhibit created by local seniors on this topic. Tune in for this informative discussion, hear about the many challenges older adults face and learn about programs and services available to them.

Suicide & Grief: A Story of Hope remix

Suicide & Grief: A Story of Hope remix

Ep. 7: Rabbi Lori bravely shares about losing her mentally ill mother to suicide and her grieving and growing process over the 30+ years since. Guests discuss insights about grief, descriptions of the many ways people grieve in general and specifically following a suicide. Join us for this beautiful story that travels the distance from tragedy to hope. Originally released in Nov. 2018, this interview has been remixed and updated.

Dual Diagnoses: The Challenges of Recovery

Dual Diagnoses: The Challenges of Recovery

Ep. 6: The complicated intersection of substance use and metal health problems afflicts nearly 8 million Americans. Our guest shares his remarkable story of recovery, first from what he calls “insanity” and then later from addiction. In this show our guests shed light on what is often called “dual diagnoses,” highlight risk factors, give some advice to parents and share information about local resources.