October 8 Ammerman Family Lecture Features Hakeem Rahim
Hakeem Rahim gave the Ammerman Family Lecture at Mercersburg Academy October 8 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The lecture kicked off the school’s 2018-2019 Monday Evening Lecture Series. and was a required appointment for Mercersburg students and faculty.
An internationally recognized mental health speaker, educator, and advocate, Rahim began speaking openly about his 19-year journey with bipolar disorder in 2012; he was diagnosed while an undergraduate at Harvard University. While addressing the misconceptions and stigma of mental illness head-on, Rahim has testified before the U.S. Senate, addressed law-enforcement personnel, and over the years has spoken to more 30,000 students about his recovery with a goal of reaching those with mental illness and their family members.
Rahim has been featured in major news outlets for his advocacy work, including in USA Today and in print and television ads as part of New York City’s ThriveNYC Mental Health Awareness Campaign. He is a national board member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and a TEDx speaker. He is a graduate of iPEC (an accredited life coach training institute) and a consultant for the de Bono Group. In 2007, Rahim founded Live Breathe LLC, which focuses on mental health advocacy and educational consulting.
Rahim’s lecture, “Breaking Through Stigma: The Highs and Lows of Mental Wellness,” explores mental illness and his experience—a firsthand inspirational mental-health success story. Students will learn how proper support from caring professionals, friends, and loved ones can lead to good outcomes when faced with mental illness. He shares his personal story of mental illness, recovery, and wellness. Not only does his presentation talk about his resilience, but includes valuable information to raise awareness and decrease stigma around mental illness.
Rahim holds a dual masters in psychological counseling from Teachers College at Columbia University.
The Ammerman Family Lecture Series brings to the community speakers of national renown who have important perspectives on the significant issues of the day and the capacity to help young people understand the relevance of such issues to their lives. Endowed in 1999, the series was made possible through the generosity of Regent Emeritus Andrew R. Ammerman ’68 and his mother, the late Mrs. Josephine Ammerman, in memory of Andrew’s father, H. Max Ammerman, and his brother, Stephen C. Ammerman.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173