In 2012, Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A. began speaking openly about his 14 year journey with bipolar disorder. Since then he has testified in front of Congress, been featured in USA Today and has shared his journey with over 8,000 college, high school and middle school students. Through NAMI Queens/Nassau’s Let’s Talk Mental Illness™ presentation, Hakeem is transforming the way student think about mental illness.
Contact Hakeem today for more information about his work and to bring the high impact Let’s Talk Mental Illness™ presentation to your school or college.
What students & teachers are saying:
“When I heard Hakeem’s story, it brought tears to my eyes and really inspired me to try to help people with mental illness.”
A.B.G.S Middle School
“Hakeem’s presentation made me realize a lot of things, his story did make me tear up and I appreciate him coming to my school. He changed my attitude towards people’s lives.”
H. Frank Carey High School
"The message that Hakeem delivered to my students about mental illness is one that all high school students should hear. He used his personal experience to facilitate a powerful, beneficial dialogue about mental illness, the unnecessary negativity that surrounds it and how we are on the front lines to stomp out this stigma. My students and I were very lucky to have heard his story and feel empowered from it!”
Manhasset High School
Lauren Majewski, Health Teacher
“Hakeem Rahim spoke to a full house at Marymount Manhattan College. Students, faculty and staff were moved by his honest and dynamic first-person account of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in college and living well with it in the years since. His talk helped us as a community to think through mental illness as a diversity issue and to better support those in our midst who grapple with it.”
Marymount Manhattan College
Katie LeBesco, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
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