TEDx talk, "Relapse is Part of Recovery": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkL3glwL8g
Hufsa (Huff-suh) is a Muslim woman, social worker, and standup comedian with mental illness. Having transformed from a victim of her illness to a champion of recovery, Hufsa dedicates her life to helping other individuals with mental health diagnoses find treatment, recovery, and peace, as well as change the world's view of mental health. She also believes that humor is a powerful tool for social change, thus she incorporates it in her life and work. She is in near completion of my Master of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach, and received a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College.
For her efforts, she won the Mental Health Association Hope & Courage Award, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Next Step Award, and many other accolades. She has served in the mental health field for 7 years as an advocate, educator, speaker, peer mentor, case manager, supervisor, Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee member, and Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled board Vice President.
-TEDx Ranney School, "Relapse is Part of Recovery" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVkL3glwL8g)
-90 minute keynote and training for Mendocino County Behavioral Health
-Keynote speaker for the Independent Living Conference in Sacramento
-Panel member on "Recovery: The Promise of Hope" (online version seen by 3000+ people)
-Featured in OC Weekly for her advocacy (https://www.ocweekly.com/hufsa-ahmad-wants-you-to-stigma-smash-mental-illness-at-saturdays-nami-oc-walk/)
- Mental Health Association (MHA) "Hope & Courage Award" for exceptional community service in mental health in 2017
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) "Next Step Award” for an individual who demonstrates courage, resiliency, and advocacy for recovery in 2016
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) "Voice Award" Nominee in 2016
- "Spirit of Volunteerism Award" for outstanding commitment to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Orange County, in 2016