Boynton Beach 
Mental Health Committee

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Hakeem Rahim was introduced by Rita Thrasher, a retired teacher and President of Boca Raton's Promise, who lost two daughters to mental illness.  He gave three presentations to 900 students in area schools and 60 community members in Boca Raton Regional Hospital's Dawson Theater.. Hakeem Rahim was the first black valedictorian at his high school and went on to Harvard University, but he was hiding a secret. Sidelined by panic attacks, he was eventually diagnosed as having bipolar disorder and began taking medication. He was able to graduate and earn more degrees at another Ivy League school.