Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A. had the distinct honor of being the first AfricanAmerican 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. Hakeem is a graduate of iPEC, an accredited life coach training institute and is a de Bono Group, LLC consultant. 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 15 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 15,000 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. 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. He is also an author and recorded spoken word artist.