My name is Hufsa (pronounced Huff-suh). I am a practicing Muslim woman, social worker, and standup comedian. My life is dedicated to helping individuals with mental health diagnoses find the treatment and support they need in order to thrive. 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.
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. 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 have delivered over 50 presentations and speeches on mental health, including at the largest mental health conference on the West Coast, Meeting of the Minds conference and keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts of Orange County. Speaking to smash stigma is my heart’s calling and I have a wide variety of presentations I can give. To book me, click here.
Hobbies & Interests
I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my loved ones, doing stand up comedy, reading and listening to audiobooks, playing games, doing Zumba, skateboarding, and watching Late Night talk shows on YouTube.