The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education’s overarching ambition is to reduce the stigma of mental illness, that has been a barrier for individuals, families, and communities receiving much-needed support. The institute aims to provide resources and hope to those that struggle with mental illness, and to those who support them. The institute strives to educate people on mental health issues through various outreach programs.



18th Annual Conference: Integrating Mental And Physical Health

Sunday, June 9th, 2019 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Roycemore School: 1200 Davis St, Evanston, IL 60201


Opening Remarks: Rabbi Eleanor G. Smith, MD

Associate Rabbi at Beth Emet and

Internist for Northwestern Medicine in Evanston

Moderator: Marvin Lindsey, MSW, CADC

CEO of Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois

and Executive Director of ProviderCo, LLC

Panelist: Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH

Director of the Center for Multi-System Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic

at the American Institute for Research

Panelist: Rebecca Lahey, MSW, LCSW

Manager of Mental Health and Collaborative Care in the Department of Social Work

and Community Health at Rush University Medical Center

Panelist: Michael A. Fine

Certified Hatha Yoga instructor


1.    Adverse Childhood Experiences and Health2.    Innovations in Psychiatric Health Technologies3.    Spirituality and Health
4.    Healing from the Inside Out5.    Cultivating Emotional Balance6.  Managing Chronic Conditions7.    Integrated Healthcare in the LGBTQI Community8.    The Body’s Toolbox: Yoga and Mindfulness for Mental Health9.    Supporting Loved Ones Facing Health Challenges10.  Understanding the Brain-Gut Connection11.  The VA: Leading the Healthcare Field in Mind-Body Integration12.  Care Coordination: The Missing Link between Physical and Behavioral Healthcare13.  Cannabis: A Balanced Approach14.  Strategies to Nurture Mental and Physical Wellness15.  Chair Yoga and Reiki for Holistic Health16.  Post-Partum Mental Wellness17.  ACT for Health & Wellness18.  Mind-Body Healing and Wellness19.  Preventing Illness & Restoring Health Through Mind-Body Medicine20.  Enhancing Health through Secure Housing21. Walking the Sacred Path to Health and Happiness

Our 2018 conference was a success…

The majority of participants rated our 2018 conference as “excellent.” Read what some had to say:

“This conference encouraged me to think differently about several mental health topics”
“A full, rich day with wonderful and inspiring speakers”
“I gained ideas on how to help myself and family members age better”
“I learned information that I can integrate into my personal and professional life”
“The conference opened my eyes more to my field of peer mental health support”
“It was definitely a powerful conference”