mental health

In our quest to make life appear to be more simple, manageable or understandable, we have unintentionally created more challenges to getting along, getting by and maintaining our mental health and well-being. Understanding the complexities of our social world can feel overwhelming but broadening, instead of narrowing, our worldview can be liberating. Tune in for a conversation about some issues that aren't all bad, or all good, they just are.

It's the season for travel, adventure, gathering, and the all important family vacation. How will you shake off the cobwebs and re-connect with the people, places and things that really matter? Tune in for a conversation about how the simplest of pleasures can bring us the greatest joy, and help keep our lives in perspective.

It's easy to get bogged down by the challenges we can face in every aspect of our lives. And when there is no obvious relief in sight, the time comes when we need to create our own space to let off steam and make room for pleasure. Tune in for some words of musical wisdom and a reminder that making time for dance and community can heal the soul.

Protecting your mental health is more important now than ever - we are all called on to mobilize our energy toward action or we run the risk of a cultural major depressive outbreak. Tune in for a conversation about the state of our collective well-being.

With the complexity involved in managing home, family, finances and self, it's no wonder that many young adults are struggling to keep up with the often daunting tasks of daily living. These deficits in education can cause anxiety, depression, overwhelm, stress and maybe, a move back in with mom and dad to regroup and learn the fundamentals of life. Maybe it's time to reconsider teaching Home Economics in junior high and high school as a necessity for a comprehensive public education. Tune in for a conversation about the skills needed to develop into a fully functioning adult and how are these lessons currently being taught?

Our mental health is heavily influenced by our sense of self worth, purpose and ability to be a valued part of our community. For those who are disabled, maintaining good mental health also includes the challenge of finding your place in a community that can be largely dismissive, and or afraid, of those who are seen as different. Tune in for a conversation about inclusion, acceptance and finding our place in the world.

Siblings - they are our closest blood relations, we share secrets, stories and at least one parent in common. And yet these same people can feel like complete strangers and even at times, mortal enemies. Why are these sibling relationships often so troubled and complex? Tune in for a conversation about the unique bonds we form with our brothers and sisters - for better or worse - and how they shape who we are as adults.

How to survive spring fever

Apr 5, 2017

As the days grow longer, our appetite for love and romance can get stronger. We can be overwhelmed by feelings of restlessness, giddiness and a desire to partner-up. But for others Spring can be marked by a sense of isolation, loneliness and increases in depression. So how can we harness the change in seasons to our psychological advantage? Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation about embracing this opportunity for renewed vitality and how to utilize modern technology to create your own story of the birds and the bees.

Broadcast date: 1/5/17

When a person is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, the whole family is affected. How does a family cope and best offer support? NAMI’s Family to Family program is designed to help families better understand how their ill relative experiences their illness, how to best support their relative’s recovery process and how to better cope with the impact of the mental health disorder on the entire family. The program has graduated some 750 participants in Santa Barbara and is often referred to as “life-changing.”

Broadcast date 8/30/16

There's been a lot of talk about the gut lately - and how relieving inflammation through lifestyle changes can also relieve depression and anxiety without medication, or even talk therapy. Could it really be so? Listen to a conversation with Psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, MD about the science behind mental health, her path from prescription writer/pill dispenser to holistic clinician, and her book - A Mind of Her Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. (Although it applies to men too!)

When we begin to feel old depends not just on our age, but on our physical, emotional, and mental health.  Listen to this conversation about accepting the transitions of age with Elizabeth Barrett and her guest, author Lois West Bristow, PhD.

Broadcast date: 05/31/2016

Listen to a conversation with Elizabeth Barrett and her callers about how pursuing happiness as a life goal can set us up for poor mental health. 

Broadcast date: 6/2/16

Integrating behavioral health into our primary care system is no easy task. 

Vacation Rejuvenation

May 24, 2016

Broadcast date: 05/24/2016

Unused vacation time in America is at an all time high - coincidentally so are the rates of anxiety and depression. Taking time to get away and regroup is critical to our mental health and well- being. and is essential in maintaining our most important relationships. Listen for a conversation about the joys of family vacations and the importance of getting away together to stay together.

What's in a Name?

May 3, 2016

Broadcast date: 05/03/2016

How we come to be named is a fundamental part of our journey and what we are named plays a big part in forming our personalities and shaping our future. 

The Monkey Mind: That endless stream of troubling thoughts or other distracting chatter can zap confidence, preventing a person from focusing on what is truly important. 

The challenge of awareness

Apr 26, 2016

Broadcast date: 04/26/2016

Is mere awareness enough to inspire empathy and change? Every concern facing the planet and humanity calls for awareness and hopes for action but there seems to be little movement toward improvement and when it comes to sexual assault and environmental degradation - we seem to be moving backwards. Tune in for a conversation about the need for more than knowledge in moving toward healing .

Broadcast date: 2/4/16

Trauma Informed Care (TIC), is a treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. 

Broadcast date: 10/1/15

Reins of H.O.P.E. empowers clients to improve communication and problem solving skills, build confidence and trust in self and relationships and decrease mental health issues with the help of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). 

Broadcast date: 5/14/2015

Mental illness, such as depression, is very common in older adults. Mental illness in an older adult can go untreated and unnoticed because people often dismiss it as a normal part of aging, or at times symptoms are associated with other medical conditions.  

Broadcast date: 1/22/2015

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), mental health and substance use abuse coverage has been expanded greatly.  Prior to its implementation, about one-third of individuals with health insurance had no coverage for substance use disorder services, and almost 20 percent had no coverage for mental health disorders.  

Broadcast date: 11/18/2014

As we enter into our season of gathering, meals become one of the central components of our celebrations.  How we come together and the food we choose to share are important to maintaining our mental and physical health.  But with all of the noise we hear from the media and our own inner dialogues, it can be easy to dismiss the importance of our traditional feasts.  Tune in for a discussion of the benefits of sitting around the table. 

UCSB started school earlier this month. KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, met with members of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services program to discuss what it has been like to return to school since May’s mass killing in Isla Vista.

Broadcast date: 10/7/14

Mental health is a state of well being in which we realize our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to our community.  How is the state of your mental health? 

Broadcast date: 7/29/2014

The Bucket List

Jul 21, 2014

What’s on yours?  It’s often called a Bucket List, that collection of things you pledge to do before you die.  But often we make these lists and then set them aside for some much later date, when we have more time, more freedom, and more money.  But it might be time to check a few goals off the list to spice up your life, improve your mental health, and maybe inspire others to do the same.  Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the joy of creating the ultimate wish list.  What’s on yours?  As always, your calls with questions and com

Too often we miss out on some of life's simple pleasures because we are too focused on our shortcomings instead of embracing and enhancing what we have.  Tune in Tuesday for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and guests, Grant Garcia and Kannyn January, from Ambience clothing as they discuss the connection between fashion and mental health.  Taking charge of your wardrobe may help you to get more out of your life.  Or maybe just having more fun with your clothes will boost your mood and outlook.  Join us Tuesday from 2-3 pm.  The reluctant therapist.

Nationwide there are more than 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In San Luis Obispo County alone, ACTION estimates veterans make up close to 10% of the population.  Reports suggest that some 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD and/or Depression.  It’s believed that 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment. PTSD can have potentially lethal consequences. Asking for help is extremely shaming, especially for combat arms soldiers.

Nothing is more therapeutic than a faithful friend, and there is no friend more faithful than a beloved pet.  Tune in for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett and guest Dr. Steven Paulick, about the mental health benefits of animal companions, and how we can best care for our pets who so selflessly care for us. 

We are a society that struggles with mental health issues, yet many avoid seeking treatment for a variety of reasons.  Join A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, for a discussion about the current state of our collective well being, and new ways of approaching and caring for our Mental Health.  Your calls with questions, comments, and concerns are always welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the central coast, The Reluctant Therapist on your public radio station, KCBX.

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