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 “Help, Hope, Healing After Trauma” is the theme of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute (NRCI) for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) 12th annual community conference, to be held 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on June 2 at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, 1224 Dempster St.

The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute at TCSPP provides resources, hope and community to those who struggle with the stigma of mental illness and those who support them.

Affecting more than 40 million people, anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD), represent the most common mental illness in the United States. Scheduled speakers and group discussion leaders are local and national experts on PTSD and other anxiety and stress disorders.

Tonier “Neen” Cain, a nationally renowned public speaker, will be a panelist at the conference. Additional panelists and speakers are Cassandra Kisiel, Ph.D. and Bradley Stolbach, Ph.D. Beth Emet Rabbi Eleanor G. Smith, M.D., will provide a spiritual message at the Conference. 

Naomi Ruth Cohen was a gifted artist and a skilled geriatrics counselor. At the age of 30 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and in the following two years the disease made steady inroads on her life, robbing her of her career, her marriage and much of the joy that had long defined her nature.

In May 2000, Naomi took her life. The Naomi Ruth Cohen Charitable Foundation and Institute were founded by Evanstonians Larry and Marilyn Cohen shortly after the death of their daughter. The Institute’s goal is to overcome the stigma of mental illness. The cost of the Conference is $45. CEUs will be awarded; full scholarships are available. More information is available at 312-367-2552 or www.naomicoheninstitute.org.