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Welcome! My name is Hakeem Rahim and I want to welcome you into my world. (Read Full Bio)

In 2012, I began speaking openly about my 17 year journey with mental illness. Since then I have testified in front of Senate, the House of Representatives, been featured in USA Today, and have shared my journey with over 50,000 college, high school, and middle school students. Through my work, I am committed to transforming the stigma and shame around mental illness and to creating communities of wellness, acceptance and joy.

 

Breaking Through The Stigma

 

Now more than ever, students are facing high levels of stress and anxiety. Through my school assembly presentations, we are creating a culture of openness so that students do not have to face these stressors alone. Breaking Through Stigma: The Highs and Lows of Mental Health presentation is the perfect way to begin or continue this conversation of openness and acceptance. (View Top Talks)

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

Magenta Your Conscience - A BOOK OF POETRY FOR INSPIRATION

 

 

MORE VIDEOS WORTH WATCHING

 

USA Today Feature

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Senate Testimony

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