What does the latest science on brain
changeability mean for those facing
serious mental and emotional distress?
In what ways can this discovery help
instill hope for people in
How can family and friends support
someone who is distressed in a way that
is truly helpful?
Is sustainable recovery from serious
mental or emotional disorder even
possible? If so, what does that entail?
Are there consequences for trying
to fight against what hurts or trying to
push away what is painful?
What would it mean to make room
for what hurts, stopping long enough to
learn how to work with painful emotions
How can we work with repetitive,
negative thoughts in a way that helps
decrease their power over us?
In what ways might we begin to “get
at the roots” of mental & emotional
problems by taking risk factors seriously
in our approach to mental distress?
Mindweather was created by the contributions of many mental health experts, professionals and researchers (see a full bio list here). You will be guided through an exploration of key questions in mental health by three individuals:
Jacob is a Co-founder of All of Life, a public health non-profit that creates online, mindfulness-based classes for depression, anxiety and ADHD. Jacob holds a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and has trained with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts to teach Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. He has authored 13 peer-reviewed articles on long-term depression treatment outcomes and clashing narratives of socio-political and mental health issues. Jacob with his wife, Monique, have three boys who make sure their daddy smiles at least 12 times per day.
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Thomas is a Co-founder of All of Life. Before returning to his native Utah in 2011, he spent several years in China consulting with multinational corporations on promoting decent work and alleviating sweatshop labor. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish & all things mindfulness. With 18 years of experience in various forms of meditation and attentional skills training (did you know that attention is a skill?), Thomas is currently consulting with various organizations to deepen mindfulness capacity. He hosts numerous mindfulness communities and is on faculty at Pacific Integral in Seattle, Washington.
Vicki received her Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in educational administration from Columbia University, Teachers College. Vicki currently focuses her instruction specifically on the study of stress reduction through the practice of mindfulness. A practitioner of mind-body disciplines for more than 25 years, Vicki is dedicated to sharing the practice of mindfulness with others and guiding them in ways to consciously and systematically work with stress, pain, illness, and the challenges of everyday life. She teaches adults classes offered quarterly through Red Butte Gardens and the University of Utah. In addition, Vicki collaborates with University of Utah reasearchers on projects related to the effectiveness of mindfulness on various populations. She is an instructor of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) and continues to receive her training through the Center for Mindfulness, housed within the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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