Naomi Ruth Cohen
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly – Proverb
There are many ways to describe Naomi – a loving daughter, caring sister and 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.
In 1998, when she was 30, Naomi was diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of a terrible, poorly understood illness: Bipolar Disorder. This robbed Naomi of her career, marriage, and much joy that had long defined her nature. Two years later, she took her own life.
This left a huge hole in the universe and footprints we are trying to follow…
The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education was founded in 2002, by her parents Larry and Marilyn Cohen, in honor of Naomi’s memory. The foundation works to reduce the stigma of mental illness through conferences, workshops and educational outreach to different populations affected by mental illness.