The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute

for Mental Health Education

A mental health awareness institute focused on reducing the stigma of mental illness by providing resources and support to those in need.

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“Breaking Out of the Pandemic: Supporting Community Members During Covid Uncertainty”

Event Session Highlights:

  • Making it Through to the Other Side: Lessons in a Layered Pandemic
  • Breakout Sessions (“I’m here…”, “Bouncing Back; Our Youth Before, During and After a Pandemic”, and “Navigating the Paradoxes of the Pandemic”)
  • Coping with Loss and Grief During Covid
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Friday, November 5th, 2021
9:00am – 12:00pm

Annual Conference

Planning is now underway for our 20th Annual Community Conference!

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Whether someone has recently been diagnosed or has been living with mental illness for most of their life, the experience can be very isolating for individuals, family members, and other loved ones. No one should suffer in silence. No one ought to feel alone.

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Education & Training

We offer mental health education, training, and presentations to the greater Chicagoland community to increase understanding of mental health issues and decrease stigma. Many programs offer professional CEUs.

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Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute and
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

NRCI, a non-profit organization, is supported by its Founders, an Executive Director, many committed volunteers as well as The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and TCS Education System. TCS maintains an efficient and mindful balance of including NRCI in the college community’s collective goals and in supporting our independent voice and unique community impact.

Naomi Ruth Cohen

There are many ways to describe Naomi – a loving daughter, caring sister, relative, and a cherished friend to many. She was a gifted artist and designer, as well as a skilled geriatrics counselor; who engaged with her community. Naomi was a compassionate and spiritual person, who cared deeply about disadvantaged people and the humane treatment of animals.

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Naomi Ruth Cohen in graduate cap and gown


Marilyn and Larry Cohen smiling with flowers between them

Marilyn and Larry Cohen are dedicated to reducing the stigma that for far too long has been a barrier to individuals and families being able to access the treatment and support that they need and deserve. They established the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education to reduce mental health stigma through education, research, and community. The institute was founded in 2002 in honor of their daughter, Naomi Ruth Cohen, who suffered from Bipolar Disorder, and died by suicide in 2000 at age 33.