Our Story

Our Founders

Marilyn and Larry 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 honor of their daughter, Naomi Ruth Cohen, who suffered from Bipolar Disorder, and died by suicide in 2000 at age 33.

Our Mission

The mission of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education 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.

Since its inception, the institute has aimed at creating a more inclusive community. Its goal is to provide support to individuals and families struggling with a broad range of mental health issues and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

The Foundation

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education was established in 2002 in Naomi’s memory.

With the proceeds of Naomi’s estate and contributions from family and friends, the institute works to prevent others from suffering as she did.

Thus, the institute’s income is used to promote educational programs and to support organizations engaged in mental illness research, education, self-help, anti-discrimination, and advocacy.