The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute

for Mental Health Education

A mental health awareness institute focused on reducing the stigma often associated with mental health challenges and suicide, providing education, resources, and support to those in need.

21st Community Mental Health Conference

Untying the Human Knot:

Managing Stress and Anxiety in Today’s World

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023

Location: Evanston Township High School


Panel Presenters:

Gabriela Diaz

Orson Morrison, PsyD

Paula Young, PhD

Moderated by Mark Reinecki, PhD


Whether someone has recently been diagnosed or has been living with a mental health challenge 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.

Education & Training

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

2022 Annual Conference

“It’s Tough Enough; Adolescent Mental Health in Our Changing World”

Last year’s annual conference focused on adolescent mental health with a distinguished group of panelists.

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.

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 has been a barrier to individuals and families being able to access the mental health treatment, support and understanding that they need and deserve. They established the Naomi Ruth Cohen Charitable Foundation in 2000 in honor of their daughter, Naomi Ruth Cohen, who suffered from Bipolar Disorder and died by suicide. In 2008 they joined with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to establish the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education to reduce stigma connected to mental health and suicide through education, research, and community.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 suicide and crisis lifeline