“It is tragic to see how many individuals and families suffer in silence with untreated mental health needs because of the stigma that is much too prevalent in our culture,” Mahoney said. “NRCI is committed to reducing this stigma and building support for people as they take the courageous steps of reaching out for help and working to be actively engaged in their communities.”
Mahoney has received many awards for her vocal advocacy and work, including the Nyswander/Dole Award, two awards from the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, and the Mental Health America – North Shore Community Service Award. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies from Northwestern University, and completed her master’s in social work at the University of Michigan. Since then, she has been open in her discussions about the mental health stigma in the U.S., including addressing the opioid epidemic.
“Kate Mahoney is the perfect choice for the role of executive director,” said Tiffany Masson, campus dean of The Chicago School’s Chicago campus. “She has been lauded for her numerous contributions to the fields of mental and behavioral health, and I’m excited to be working with her.”
NRCI, housed at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, is dedicated to overcoming the stigma surrounding mental illness. The Institute offers mental health education, presentations and training, and supports organizations engaged in mental illness research, self-help, anti-discrimination, advocacy and education. Every year, it plans and promotes a Community Mental Health Conference, open to both professionals and members of the public, which addresses critical mental health issues. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, an affiliate of TCS Education System, offers more than 20 graduate degree programs, real-world training and a slew of international opportunities.