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Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI)

In Naomi’s memory, the Institute was established. With the proceeds of Naomi’s estate and contributions from family and friends, we work to prevent others from suffering as she did. Our goal is to overcome the stigma of mental illness. Institute income is used to promote educational programs and to support organizations engaged in mental illness research, education, self-help, anti-discrimination and advocacy.

The institute annually plans, promotes and underwrites a Community Mental Health Conference. The Conference — attended by more than 300 professionals, consumers, family members and concerned public — addresses critical mental health issues such as bipolar disorder and depression.

The institute also supports a Conference addressing mental health in the African-American community and provides funds for other programs including a Mental Health Association of the North Shore high school program focusing on a mental health topic, a scholarship at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for a doctoral student who has a personal involvement with the stigma of mental illness, and an acclaimed anti-stigma film for teens developed by Dr. Fred Miller of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare that has been featured on PBS.


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