Mental Health Speaker and Trainer

Mental Health Awareness, Depression, & Suicide Prevention

Specialized For Colleges, High Schools, Middle Schools, & Youth Organizations


My name is Hakeem Rahim and I want to welcome you into my world. In 2012, I began speaking openly about my 15 year journey with mental illness. Since then I have testified in front of Congress, been featured in USA Today, and have shared my journey with over 10,000 college, high school, and middle school students. Through NAMI Queens/Nassau’s Let’s Talk Mental Illness™ Presentation, I have been blessed to transform the way students think about mental illness and the highs and lows of life.

Where I am is not who I am

When I was going through my most difficult parts of my journey, I could not envision that one day I would be sharing my story to empower others.  The Let’s Talk Mental Illness presentation teaches its okay to talk about what you are going through; there is no shame in seeking treatment; and diagnosis with mental illness does not mean its the end.  I believe that ultimately, what you go through does not define you.

Be an Acceptance Ambassador

Prior to speaking openly, some of my closest family and friends had no idea I was diagnosed with a mental illness. The shame I carried was heavy.  Now, the huge shadow of fear has receded. I have grown to accept myself.  Not everyone needs to speak about their struggles, but I believe everyone can accept the struggles they have. Whether your challenge is to rise out of bed on the hardest days, or to help others by publicly speaking about what you are dealing with, you can still be provide encouragement and inspiration.

Join me as an Acceptance Ambassador! Wherever you are on your journey, together, we can empower, motivate, and inspire a whole generation.

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Spreading Acceptance One Student at a Time


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Queens/Nassau partnered with me to build the Let’s Talk Mental Illness TM  assembly for your students. It is our hope that our message     helps students and educators put an end to rising rates of  mental illness related casualties.

We empower students by:

Defining “mental illness” so they can identify it in themselves and others. it makes it easier to help people when we know what to look for and how to treat it.

Relate to someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder, me. This helps them see that people can live well and thrive with mental illness.

How to give simple and lasting support that helps a person with mental illness. With this insight, we can save lives before small problems become life-threatening.

2014 Testimony on Capitol Hill

In 2014, I got a chance to serve as the voice of my generation by representing the young people’s perspective in Congress. This was a pivotal moment for me since my mission has always to been to learn from the highs and the lows of life.

Watch my testimony:

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Magenta Your Conscience – A Book of Poetry for Inspiration

About The Book

Magenta Your Conscience is an inspirational book of original poems and quotes by mental health awareness expert, speaker, educator and advocate Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A. Magenta Your Conscience is a book for inspiration within the space of adversity. In six sections, Hakeem shares original poems and quotes gleaned from his 16+ year journey with mental illness. Each section addresses one of six themes: faith, hope, perseverance, confidence, motivation and love. To find out more about booking Hakeem for presentations, keynotes, and workshops please visit

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