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The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education takes an active roll in raising awareness about mental health in our communities. The institute has been busy during the pandemic!  While we miss seeing our participants and supporters in person, we have responded to the current public health crisis with new methods of delivering mental health training and education.  We developed a new workshop entitled “Cultivating Emotional Wellness Amidst COVID-19.”  We delivered it remotely several times and more than 200 participants have already completed the workshop.  Sadly, the isolation and anxiety related to the pandemic have led to increases in suicide attempts and fatal drug overdoses.  We designed and delivered a 3-hour workshop on reducing youth suicide and had more than 60 participants attend via Zoom.  We have also been collaborating with Mental Health America of Illinois and Mental Health America of the North Shore to deliver remote community conversations on a broad range of important topics including: Parenting Through the Pandemic, Supporting Teens During Challenging Times, Building Resilience During a Pandemic, Self-Care and Treatment Resources for Anxiety and Depression as well as a conversation on Supporting Adult Children Living with Mental Illness.  Starting in August, these community conversations will be held monthly at 7pm on the third Thursday of each month.  This summer, we expanded our work with the Evanston Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program and delivered six mental health workshops to the youth participants of that program. We were asked to join other nonprofit leaders in Evanston to collaborate weekly to help Evanston residents thrive during the pandemic.  We are working with a number of community partners in Evanston to launch the Mental Health is Essential educational and wellness campaign.  By September, we will be able to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training virtually.  If you are interested in becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid, please email our Executive Director, Kate Mahoney at NRCinstitute@thechicagoschool.edu and she will respond with our Fall training dates.  The course involves a 2-hour self-study course followed approximately two weeks later by a 4-hour class delivered via Zoom.

Check out our recent activities and contributions:

  • UPCOMING WORKSHOP
    Addressing Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice: A Case Study Approach When: Friday, March 8th, 2019 Where: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: 325 N. Wells St, Room 407/412 Chicago IL 60654 Register at https://ethicalissuesinclinicalpractice.eventbrite.com for Friday, March 8th, 2019 Presented by Kate Mahoney, MSW, LCSW, and Claire Openshaw, MA, LPC, this intermediate workshop will help clinicians identify a number of different ethical dilemmas ...
  • Upcoming Workshop
    Treating Anxiety: Integrating Western and Eastern Therapeutic Approaches When: Thursday, February 21st, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:15pm Where: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: 325 N. Wells St, Chicago IL 60654 Register at https://treatinganxiety.eventbrite.com Co-Sponsored with the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute & presented by Larry Stoler, MSSA, Ph.D., this introductory workshop will introduce participants to an approach to treating anxiety that ...
  • Upcoming Event
    Chicago Social Impact Leaders Awards Luncheon 2019 When: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm Where: Maggiano’s Ballroom, 111 W. Grand Ave, Chicago The Chicago School of Professional Psychology will present its 2nd annual Celebration of Chicago’s Social Impact Leaders Award luncheon and fundraiser on Thursday, March 7, 2019, as part of our year-long celebration of our 40th anniversary. The event ...
  • 2018 Conference a Great Success
    Every year, the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education holds a community mental health conference. We are proud to share that this year was our seventeenth conference. The focus of this year’s conference was on ‘Older Adults Mental Health: Opportunities and Challenges.’ This topic aligns with the institute’ is dedicated to reducing mental ...
  • Destroying Addiction Stigma Once and For All
    Destroying Addiction Stigma Once and For All: It’s Time! Read article here: http://attcnetwork.org/communications/ATTCMessengerArticles/April2018article.asp
22 July 2020

MENTAL WELLNESS 101 WORKSHOP

WHEN: Wednesday, August 12 2020

WHERE: Online

* This training is currently full, but if you a...

22 July 2020

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID CERTIFICATE TRAINING

WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd 2020

WHERE: Online

* This training is currently f...

26 February 2019

Kate Mahoney, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director for the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago ...

30 January 2019

Kate Mahoney, LCSW, Executive Director of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School...

30 January 2019

Kate Mahoney, LCSW, the Executive Director of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education, was recently hon...

30 January 2019

Addressing Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice: A Case Study Approach

When: Friday, March 8th, 2019

Where: The Chicago Sch...

1 January 2019

Chicago Social Impact Leaders Awards Luncheon 2019

When: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Maggiano’s Ballr...

3 June 2018

Every year, the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education holds a community mental health conference. We are ...

30 April 2018

Destroying Addiction Stigma Once and For All: It’s Time! Read article here: http://attcnetwork.org/communications/ATTCMess...

23 April 2017

Kate Mahoney is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health. Kate earned ...

24 January 2017

1.5 Million Adults Experiencing Serious Mental Illness Misused Opioids in the Past Year. Read article here: https://www.sa...

10 January 2017

Seize the Awkward serves as a great new resource that features tutorial videos, information on warning signs, conversation...