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

Recovery from Serious Mental Illness & NAMI

Recovery from Serious Mental Illness & NAMI

Ep #5: One man tells his harrowing story about how his life as a college student was derailed by mental illness and how he found his way to recovery and back to a life he loves living. Learn about the support, education and advocacy programs the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has to offer to those with mental illness and those that love them.

Empowerment and Healing through Self-Defense

Empowerment and Healing through Self-Defense

Ep. 4: As a result of recent sexual assault testimony at the Supreme Court congressional confirmation hearings, the country erupted in conversations about sexual assault. Our guests share stories about women who successfully defended themselves from attacks and about the many positive impacts self-defense training has on the mental health and wellness of women.

Parenting Transgender Youth

Parenting Transgender Youth

Ep. 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.

Suicide and Grief: A Story of Hope

Suicide and Grief: A Story of Hope

Ep. 2: 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.

Understanding Adult ADHD

Understanding Adult ADHD

Ep. 1: One woman’s story of her struggles leading up to and then being diagnosed as an adult with ADHD. Follow her journey in learning to accept and understand herself, how she sought support and ultimately found strategies and skills so that she could accomplish her dreams. Learn more about the kinds of challenges having ADHD presents, how it differs in adults and children, what to know about getting properly diagnosed and where to support.