Our Mission


Publication: 2013-05-06


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:Owen Ambur


Name:All of Life



  • Jacob HessJacob 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 McConkieTom 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 LacasseJeff 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 JenningsPatrick 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."