Creating community through vulnerability. Fostering safe spaces for individuals to explore their mental wellness. Inspiring college-aged adults to embrace their mental health. Mental wellness is the foundation to success.

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Everyone deserves to be heard, understood, respected, and ACCEPTED.

Understand Your Surroundings

Chances are that you or someone you know have or will experience a mental health concern. For high school and college students, the mounting pressures and responsibilities in their surroundings can be triggers against their mental well-being. At I Am Acceptance, we strive to educate individuals on being aware of their own mental wellness and identifying their triggers. 


Inspire Change

I Am Acceptance brings mental health awareness, acceptance, and action to educational institutions. By engaging with students, faculty & administrators, and the community at large we listen to the concerns of the community to develop speaking engagements that encourage regular conversations on the state of students’ mental wellness.

Initate the Conversation

I Am Acceptance has developed a tour that speaks at high schools and colleges with the purpose of creating community through the discussion of experiences with mental health issues in students of all ages. The goal of the tour is to initiate conversations with students on the topic of mental wellness to educate and empower them to prioritize their mental health and well-being.

Encourage Acceptance

By helping students create their own definition and vision of acceptance, we deconstruct stigmas surrounding mental health and advocate for students’ right to seek help without judgment. We believe that everyone deserves to be heard, understood, respected, and accepted.

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“The entire program was very memorable and made a huge impression on our campus.”
Ashley, Colorado Mesa University
“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
“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.”
Katie LeBesco, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Marymount Manhattan College
“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
“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
“When I heard Hakeem’s story, it brought tears to my eyes and really inspired me to try to help people with mental illness.”
Student, A.B.G.S Middle School


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