Let's Talk Mental Illness
| Let's Talk Mental Illness
Begin a positive conversation about mental health, mental illness and stigma
During this 45-minute interactive presentation students will experience Hakeem Rahim’s personal story of mental illness, recovery and wellness.
- Learn key statistics and indicators of mental illness
- Experience an inspirational success story through story, poetry and conversation
- Engage in dynamic activities and discussion on what it takes to eradicate stigma
- Gain insight into the role help from professionals, friends, and loved ones can play in recovery
|Let’s Talk Mental Illness Presentation Outline
- Mental illness - Definitions of mental illness, prevalence, and need to seek help and treatment
- Presenter Hakeem Rahim is a role model living with bipolar disorder. He bravely tells his journey from mental illness to wellness honestly, compassionately, and openly.
- Video - Excerpt from Student Voices Loud and Proud
- Stigma-busting exercise - Interactive exercise on living with a mental illness
- Q & A and Discussion
- Total Run Time: 42 Minutes
About Hakeem: Hakeem Rahim, a graduate of both Harvard and Columbia Universities, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as an undergraduate at Harvard University. Passionate about his work via NAMI's In Our Own Voice and Breaking the Silence, he runs a successful consultative company Live Breathe, LLC.
Student and Staff Comments
- “I am diagnosed with anxiety and I feel more comfortable to talk about it and seek help,”
Jericho HS student
- “This made me feel less alone,” Baldwin HS student
- “The presentation showed me that a lot of people have mental illnesses and there are ways to get help for it,” Lynbrook HS student
- “This is a topic that needs to be discussed with our students on a more regular basis, and since your visit here students have been opening up and speaking on this topic more than ever before,” Kevin O’Hagan, Health Educator, W.T. Clarke High School, Westbury.
- “Hakeem was outstanding. The students were captivated by his presentation,” Joe Chetti, Health Ed Teacher, Freeport HS
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