The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education offers mental health education, training, and presentations to the greater Chicagoland community in an effort to decrease stigmatized and marginalized populations. Through partnerships with schools, community-based organizations, associations, and religious congregations, the institute is able to raise awareness of the impact and consequences mental health diagnoses have on an individual and community scale.

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Community Impact

Knowledge is key to improving our understanding of mental health issues and reducing the associated stigma.


As with physical health, mental health also benefits from early intervention. Teens are especially vulnerable to fear of stigma and not knowing how to help a friend.

External 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.