Hufsa was a guest speaker this year at the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) Conference. She’s such a powerful, inspirational speaker. So grateful to her for the work she’s doing to smash the stigma of mental illness.

Kellie Hanson

“I invited Hufsa Ahmad to be the keynote speaker at a Mental Health Awareness Event I hosted on September 19, 2015. She presented her story in a way that was sensitive to others who might have been experiencing challenges of their own at the time. Her story made clear the realities of mental illness, while emphasizing the importance of continuously working toward recovery and appreciating one’s own mind. The presentation was remarkable and uplifting, demonstrating that one can accomplish their goals and move forward in their life in spite of mental illness, as the illness is not what defines the person. I would strongly recommend Hufsa as a presenter—she shows an incredible capability to connect with her audience and deliver a message of hope and strength.”

Sophia Luzzi, UCLA, Girl Scouts of Orange County

“Hufsa is a member of the county’s MHSA Steering Committee, a Peer to Peer mentor at NAMI, a board member with the Dayle McIntosh Center, and has her own mental health blog. Hufsa devotes much of her time advocating for clients and changing how people perceive individuals with mental illness. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work in the community as well as for her personal resiliency in her recovery journey. Hufsa is described as Empowering.”

Mental Health Association, Orange County when delivering the Hope & Courage Award

“Hufsa first made her presence known five years ago as a volunteer for the NAMI Walk committee. She later brought her expertise of social media and led four or more of us through hours of blogging on mental illness. For the last two years, she has led a walk team that consistently was in the top teams for donations raised. For nearly 5 years, her efforts have made a major impact on NAMI Orange County. She’s worked at the Warmline as a Peer Mentor and taught Peer to Peer and Provider classes. She’s made countless speeches advocating for those living with mental illness and has played an important role in destigmatizing mental illness here in Orange County. Hufsa is just an excellent example of one person making a difference.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Orange County when delivering the Next Step Award