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Bipolar Unmasked: Living, Loving, Thriving
and Embracing Mental Wellness with Hakeem Rahim

Wednesday, January 26 from 6 – 7:30 PM 
This is an online event. Click here to register today!

Consultant, Speaker, and Advocate, Hakeem Rahim, explores mental health and living purposefully in the face of life challenges using his own personal narrative. From struggling with illness in college, to becoming a forerunner in mental health advocacy, he shares his reflections on his powerful and ongoing journey – from diagnosis to recovery to wellness from mental illness.

Learn Hakeem’s key concepts for recovery, wellness, and acceptance and how you can use them to empower yourself, your clients, and lead your best life in the face of mental illness.

We hope you’ll join us for the spring installment of the Conroy Speakers Series (online)!

About Hakeem Rahim Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M, M.A. had the honor of being the first African-American male valedictorian in his high school’s history. He graduated with a BA in psychology from Harvard University and dual masters from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.

In 2012, Hakeem began openly sharing his journey with mental illness. Since then, he has testified in front of the House of Representatives and the Senate, been featured in USA Today, and has shared his journey with nearly 100,000 college, high school, and middle school students.

He is a TEDx speaker, author, and recorded spoken word artist. In 2016, Hakeem founded I Am Acceptance, Inc, a 501 c 3 non-profit focused on empowering the next generation around mental wellness. I Am Acceptance impacted thousands of students across the country.

Hakeem is the founder and CEO of Live Breathe, LLC and co-founder of OMA, a digital experience for young people enabling high wellness and high performance. Hakeem rose from struggling with illness in college to become a leading mental health advocate. Today he will share key concepts around mental health, wellness, acceptance, and how you can apply them to your life. Learn more on his website.

Supported by UMass Memorial Health HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital.

Cultivating Resilience During Complex Times with Dr. Kristen Lee

Thursday, April 8 (2021) from 6 – 8 PM 
This is an online event. Click here to register today!

The global pandemic and escalating mental health crises can take their toll. Resilience is a process of positive adaptation in the face of hardship. As humans, we are wired for it – capable of navigating complexity, remaining agile, and demonstrating optimism. Modern brain science offers a host of strategies for cultivating resilience by leveraging “protective factors” –adopting and practicing mindsets, behaviors, and activities that serve as buffers and help bolster our well-being. Learn ways to engage in self-care that helps nourish and sustain us during intensive times.

We hope you’ll join us for the spring installment of the Conroy Speakers Series (online), featuring internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author, and activist, Dr. Kristen Lee! An email with the event link will be emailed to you prior to the event.

About Dr. Kristen Lee Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW (she/her), known as “Dr. Kris”, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician, author, and activist from Boston, Massachusetts. As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science and Faculty-in-Residence at Northeastern University, Dr. Kris’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She operates a consulting practice devoted to preventing and treating burnout and is the author of RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress, Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book of 2015, and best-selling Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking: Learn What it Takes to Be More Agile, Mindful and Connected in Today’s World. She is a regular contributor for Thrive Global and Psychology Today. She is the host of Crackin’ Up: Where Therapy Meets Comedy. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR, Ted, and CBS radio. Her TedX talk, The Risk You Must Take has over 310k views. To learn more, visit or connect on social media via @TheRealDrKris.

Thank you to UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital for support, and to our Supporting Sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.


A Community Conversation:Discussing Race and Racism, presented in partnership with The First Church of Christ, Unitarian (Lancaster)
Marjatta Moimas
“Mindful Living During a Pandemic”
SCREENAGERS: “Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience”
Film Screening & Discussion
Dan Habib:
“Intelligent Lives” Film Screening & Discussion with the Director
Craig Miller:
Live, Learn, Grow…A suicide attempt survivor’s story
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age – Film Screening and Discussion
J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
Dr. Ruth Potee, The Physiology of Addiction

The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series

The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series focuses on bringing members of our community together for lectures and discussions on a wide range of topics related to the various programs and services we provide at Perkins. We invite you to attend these free, open to the public, informative sessions. We rely on the generosity of donations to ensure the continuation of these free events. If you’re interested in donating to the Conroy Speakers Series, click here.

In recognition of his dedicated service and numerous accomplishments as Executive Director and CEO of Perkins (1987-2015), the Perkins Board of Trustees named its speakers series in honor of Dr. Charles P. Conroy. During the course of his twenty-eight years at Perkins, Dr. Conroy advanced the quality of services, as well as the number of individuals served. In addition to his impact on Perkins’ growth and services, Dr. Conroy was an involved community member and thought-leader in the fields of education and human services. He was an active member of not-for-profit boards, as well as civic and community agencies