mental health

Jessica Paterson

The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money. San Luis Obispo County had a $14.7 million fund balance at the end of the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 

Governor's budget earmarks funding for mental, inmate and rural health issues

May 14, 2018
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed some one-time budget allotments that could improve health services for inmates, the mentally ill and rural residents going forward; all currently key issues in San Luis Obispo County.

What is the state of San Luis Obispo?

Mar 22, 2018
The City of San Luis Obispo

What’s the state of San Luis Obispo? That’s what city leaders sought to convey this week.

San Luis Obispo's mayor and city manager held the inaugural State of the City address at City Hall Wednesday night for members of the community willing to brave the rain. And while city officials touted many accomplishments, they said there are still plenty of challenges ahead.

Turn Worry to Trust. In an age when we are more connected than ever, why is it that we still feel so insecure, vulnerable and afraid? It might be that we've give into worry and lost our ability to trust. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the reluctant therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about serendipity, kismet and an actual godsend. Your calls will be welcomed and encouraged.

How far have we traveled down the road to equality for all? In honor of Black History month and the contributions of African Americans in shaping the United States, listen for a conversation with host Elizabeth Barrett and her guests—a social activist in high school and a retired military veteran with ties to the civil rights movement—about their generational perspectives regarding the state of freedom and justice in America. They consider how we got here and where we’re going.

Jennifer Storm is the ultimate survivor, turned thriver, overcoming addiction, trauma and adversity to become an author and appointed Pennsylvania Victim Advocate fighting for other's rights. She offers insights and firsthand experiences about the complexities of biological and emotional responses to trauma and sexual assault. Tune in for a conversation with host Elizabeth Barrett and her guest about key components that can help a person turn their lives around in even the darkest of circumstances.

What is your family story? Every family has one, whether it's about a long-held family business, a home passed down through generations, or annual holiday gatherings that bring everyone together. Having a family legacy—a shared sense of purpose and belonging—is a cornerstone to our mental health and well-being. This is a conversation with host Elizabeth Barrett about creating your own family mission statement and why knowing your history matters, warts and all.

There is much joy in giving. There are also many mental health benefits in being of service to others. But too many selfless acts without rejuvenation can lead to fatigue, disappointment, and depression. How can we find the zest for celebrating when our reserves have been depleted? Host Elizabeth Barrett talks with Michelle Gordon about the role of self care in making possible a happier holiday for all.

Theater allows us to step into a different world, to experience life through a unique lens, and sometimes to gain a new perspective on our own personal struggles. And when it comes to addressing and understanding the complexities of family relationships, having the chance to see the world through another's lens could be the key to bringing peace to a troubled world. Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, and her guests Kitty Balay and Karin Hendrx from PCPA talk about the healing power of live theater and the stories that can change our lives.

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.  

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