Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A. is the owner of Live Breathe, LLC, the NAMI Queens/Nassau Let's Talk Mental Illness™ presenter, an advocate, published author, poet and TEDx Speaker. Hire Hakeem to motive, inspire and transform your audience or organization. His topics include mental wellness; life purpose; achievement. His audiences include, colleges, school, mental health organizations and corporations. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder as an undergraduate at Harvard University, Hakeem Rahim adds a personable voice to the discussion around mental wellness. Hakeem addresses th
Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A. is the owner of Live Breathe, LLC, the NAMI Queens/Nassau Let's Talk Mental Illness™ presenter, an advocate, published author, poet and TEDx Speaker. Hire Hakeem to motive, inspire and transform your audience or organization. His topics include mental wellness; life purpose; achievement. His audiences include, colleges, school, mental health organizations and corporations.
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder as an undergraduate at Harvard University, Hakeem Rahim adds a personable voice to the discussion around mental wellness. Hakeem addresses the misconceptions and stigma around mental illness head on by openly sharing his personal journey.
Since 2012, he has testified in front of the Senate and Congress, been featured in USA Today and has shared his journey with over 30,000 college, high school and middle school students. His inspirational message of recovery from mental illness has reached audiences ranging from people with mental illness their family members, educators and law enforcement officials.
Hakeem had the distinct honor of being the first African-American male valedictorian in Uniondale High School's history. Upon leaving Uniondale, NY, Hakeem attended Harvard University and went on to graduate with a BA in psychology. He then attended Teacher’s College, Columbia University and graduated with dual masters in psychological counseling.
Hakeem is a graduate of iPEC, an accredited life coach training institute and is a . In 2007, Hakeem founded Live Breathe, LLC. Live Breathe, LLC is a professional consultative services company that focuses on mental health advocacy and educational consulting. Hakeem is an experienced public speaker most notably on the mental health and education topics.
In 2012, Hakeem began speaking openly about his 17 year journey with bipolar disorder. He is a certified National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) In Our Own Voice speaker and the NAMI Queens/Nassau Let’s Talk Mental Illness TM Presenter. Through his speaking and advocacy work, Hakeem has spoken to law enforcement officials, individuals with mental illness and their family members and to over 30,000 college, high school and middle school students. In March 2014, Hakeem testified on Capitol Hill in front of the Energy and Commerce Congressional Committee where he shared his experience living with bipolar disorder. In 2016, Hakeem testified in front of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He has been featured in major news outlets for his advocacy work including USA Today.
Through Live Breathe, LLC, Hakeem offers mental health: speaking engagements and professional development workshops. Hakeem is a member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s national board and a member of the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program’s Advisory Committee. In April 2016, Hakeem was featured in print and television ads as part of New York City’s ThriveNYC Mental Health Awareness Campaign. He is also an author and recorded spoken word artist. You can find more about him at hakeemrahim.com, more about LTMI at btslessonplans.org, and his first book Magenta Your Conscience here.
Hakeem is a young brilliant and visionary figure whom I support wholeheartedly. Do not miss his vision and insight!- Dr. Cornel West Emeritus, Princeton University
Hakeem is a man of great compassion, who possesses a wisdom and eloquence beyond his years. He has my utmost respect and support.- Mickey Melendez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, John Jay College
Hakeem is an inspiring poet with a powerful story to tell. He embodies the word resilience!- Dr. Thema Bryan, Pepperdine University
Mr. Rahim passionately conveys the reality of mental health and its impact on life. My administrative team discussed how you exposed a deep reality and shared some personal experiences that sent a powerful message.- Hank W., Hempstead Middle School Principal
I thought it was really interesting. I actually was diagnosed with ADHD at a very young age. I felt different from everyone else. I was not fitting in with my friends. This presentation taught me a lot on not to feel different.- 10th Grader, Roslyn High School
Through your presentation, I saw a mirror with a developing mental illness. It was peaceful to see a glimpse into the future. It was good to understand the world, to understand me. Normality has no limits. I will be okay. Thank you.- 11th Grader, Benjamin Cardozo High School
Thank you for your courage and humility to openly share with us your inspiring story. We all learned from you valuable lessons on how to help our loved ones who suffer from mental illness: with patience, understanding and compassion, to step back, be encouraging and supportive, and allow them to take ownership of their lives. God bless you with the fullness of life and guide you in your ministry.- Theresa M., National Alliance on Mental Illness, Family to Family Teacher
I love sharing a stage with Hakeem. Whether it is kicking off a NAMI WALK or addressing the opening session of our conference, Hakeem never fails to inspire and lead by example. His uplifting, riveting, and energetic presentations are always the highlight of the event.- Mary Giliberti, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
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