TARAJI P. HENSON LAUNCHES NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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

 

Henson’s son struggled with mental health after his father was murdered in 2003 and her father Boris was a struggling Vietnam vet. "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."

 

Henson said there's a "misconception about celebrities that they have it all together and they're perfect." But she said that's not the truth. "We're suffering and struggling just like the regular persona and money doesn't help," she continues. "I thank God I can pay for the psychiatry bill but it doesn't necessarily take away the problems."