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.

Save the Date!
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

untying the human knot graphic of brain made out of string

Resources

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.

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.

2022 Annual Conference

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

This years 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

Founders

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 2000 in honor of their daughter, Naomi Ruth Cohen, who suffered from Bipolar Disorder and died by suicide.