My name is Hufsa (Huff-suh). I am a Muslim woman, social worker, and standup comedian who has mental illness. Having transformed from a victim of my illness to a champion of recovery, I dedicate my 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. I also believe that humor is a powerful tool for social change, thus I incorporate it in my life and work. I am currently a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach in the Master’s of Social Work program, and received a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College.
I will be doing a TEDx talk on April 7, 2018 in New Jersey called "Relapse is Part of Recovery."
For my efforts, I won the Mental Health Association Hope & Courage Award, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Next Step Award, and many other accolades. I have served in the mental health field for 5 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 member.
Major speeches I have given are:
- Panel member at the "Recovery: Promise of Hope" Orange County Health Care Agency training (online version seen by 2000+ people)
- Keynote speech, "Finding Hope in Recovery," to the Girl Scouts of Orange County
- Presentation to 100 Goldenwest College students
- Speaker at Meeting of the Minds, the largest mental health conference on the West Coast
- 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