Our ... research over the last couple of years has documented a surprising gap between what the science is saying and what
friends, family and neighbors typically believe about mental health. As a result, those facing something as burdensome as
depression can experience the added burden of a story about depression that is, well...depressing! You deserve better than
that. By broadening the conversation and making the most current scientific information available to anyone-with-internet,
we hope to equip individuals on their own unique path to mental and emotional wellness. We are currently pursuing this mission
in three main areas: Research, Education, and Community
Name:All of Life
- Jacob Hess: Jacob is Co-founder and President of All of Life. He holds a doctorate degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was psychology department valedictorian at Brigham Young University. Jacob has recently
worked as Research Director at Utah Youth Village, a non-profit for abused children in Utah. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys
promoting liberal-conservative dialogue with Phil Neisser (State University of New York) - a collaboration recently featured
on NPR's This American Life. Jacob has authored 12 peer-reviewed articles and one book. He is married to Monique Moore and
has one 22 month-old boy who makes sure his daddy smiles at least 9 times a day.
- Thomas McConkie: Tom is Co-founder and Executive Director at All of Life. He holds a B.A. in English Literature and recently took his degree
to Asia to fight sweatshop labor. Seriously. Tom is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and all things mindfulness. With 14
years of practice in attentional skills training (did you know that attention is a skill?), he is currently leading All of
Life's efforts to incorporate mindfulness into mental health education. From managing multiple projects and teams to public
outreach and business development, he still finds time to do his favorite thing: nothing at all.
- Jeffery Lacasse: Jeff is Co-founder of All of Life. While Jeff requested being called the Grand Poo-bah of the organization, he didn't secure
enough votes for the honor. So instead, he was relegated to Vice President of Research. Jeff has guided our process of reviewing
the risk factor literature and will assist in documenting long-term outcomes. After spending several years teaching at Arizona
State University, Jeff will be starting a new position at Florida State University this fall. Jeff's research focuses on mental
health treatment among vulnerable populations. He also knows scary amounts about recovery in mental health and barriers to
the flow of knowledge concerning psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. He has published 18 peer-reviewed articles, and maintains
his svelte build by adhering religiously to the "Caveman Diet."
- Patrick Jennings: Patrick is Director of Video Production at All of Life. From video and sound editing, to overseeing artistic aspects of the
presentation, his full-time job is to put lipstick on the research pig. Through 2012 and into 2013, he spent tireless hours
weaving the All of Life narrative into an accessible, engaging online experience. Patrick is good-humored about his awesome
stature and patient when people mistake him for Paul Bunyan. His friends call him "Mountain."