We come together to meditate and talk about supporting the people in our lives (including ourselves) who may be struggling with deep suffering, hopelessness, helplessness, disconnection, mental health/health challenges, and/or suicidal thoughts.
We will discuss – and practice – the importance of connection, community, and compassion.
There will be a 15-20 minute guided meditation, followed by a teaching and time for conversation, discussion, and questions.
Join us every Saturday from 11-12:30pm PT and on Tuesday December 7th 7-8:30 for Sitting With Suicide: Mindfulness, Deep Suffering, and Hope.
Special Guest: Jamie Gamboa, PsyD
Dr. Jamie Gamboa is a multi-culturally informed, sex-positive, LGBTQIA+-affirming, kink-affirming, and non-monogamy/polyamory affirming clinician at Framework Psychological Associates. She specializes in working with neurodiversity, trauma, and creative individuals. In addition to providing individual and couples therapy, she is the lead clinician for Framework’s group program. She runs an 8-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy group for anxiety and depression as well as a 6-week psychoeducational group for ADHD.
Previously, Dr. Gamboa worked for 5 years as a supervisor and crisis counselor at Didi Hirsch’s suicide hotline, where she had the honor of being entrusted with a great many stories. Sometime after that, she lost a dear friend to suicide. Her professional and personal experiences taught her that while suicide and suicide loss are complicated, this is not the end of our story.
As always, if you are considering giving up or if you know someone who might be at risk for suicide, please call 800-273-TALK (8255) and visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Since April 2020, the InsightLA Deep Suffering Affinity Group – H.O.PE. has been a refuge and sanctuary for those of us who feel lost at times, without judgement, shame, or pressure.
“The opposite of deep suffering is not just the absence of suffering. The opposite of deep suffering is connection.”
Questions or comments about the group? email@example.com
This event will be recorded in speaker mode only and emailed to everyone who registers. The Q&A and sharing portions will not be recorded.
Suggested Donation: $0–$5 (your presence is donation enough!)