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Taraji P Henson Launches Foundation For Black Mental Health

Taraji P. Henson has launched The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging African-Americans to talk about mental health in the community. “It was like looking for a unicorn, and the reason that

Taraji P. Henson has launched The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging African-Americans to talk about mental health in the community.

“It was like looking for a unicorn, and the reason that happens is that we don’t talk about it in our community; it’s taboo, it’s looked upon as a weakness or we’re demonized for expressing rage for traumas we’ve been through,” Henson told Variety.

“I have a lot of white friends and that’s what got me going. They say, ‘You don’t talk to anybody? Girl, I’m going to see my shrink every Thursday at 3 o’clock.’ So I was like why don’t we do that in our community?”

It’s also a personal cause for Henson, whose son struggled with mental health after his father was murdered in 2003. The organization is named after her father, who died two years later.

“My dad fought in The Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support,” she said in a press statement earlier this week.

“I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”

korede.f@bertatechsolutions.com.ng

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