What would it be like if there were no more suicides on college campuses? What if someone struggling with depression and anxiety was compelled to reach out without fear of being stereotyped or stigmatized? What would it be like if university staff were equipped with the knowledge and resources that could make the difference for someone struggling?
Answering those questions
The Tour responds to these questions by engaging college students in mental health conversations. Through the conversations, the tour shares three critical messages:
It’s ok to talk about what you are going through
There’s no shame in seeking help
There is hope if you are diagnosed with a mental illness
We Promote Acceptance
Ultimately, I Am Acceptance will create a culture of mental wellness on campuses nationwide that promotes prevention, support and acceptance for college students.
…and decrease stigma
By sharing these messages, the Tour will decrease the stigma of mental illness, promote mental health and empower students to take full control of their mental health.
Each year, 3 out of 4 college students report experience a
mental heath crisis on campus.
64% of students who experience a mental health issue, withdrew from school
There are 4,726 colleges & 21,000,000 students in the U.S.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER Hakeem
To work with Hakeem or see more of his work, click below.
“Hakeem Rahim spoke to a full house at Marymount Manhattan College. Students, faculty and staff were moved by his honest and dynamic first-person account of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in college and living well with it in the years since. His talk helped us as a community to think through mental illness as a diversity issue and to better support those in our midst who grapple with it.”
Katie LeBesco, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Marymount Manhattan College
“Hakeem’s presentation made me realize a lot of things, his story did make me tear up and I appreciate him coming to my school. He changed my attitude towards people’s lives.”
Student, H. Frank Carey High School
“The message that Hakeem delivered to my students about mental illness is one that all high school students should hear. My students and I were very lucky to have heard his story and feel empowered from it!”
Lauren Majewski, Health Teacher, Manhasset High School