Taraji P. Henson Cries While Discussing Mental Health in the Black Community: ‘This Is a National Crisis’

Looking For The Light

Variety

ByDANIEL NISSEN

Taraji P. Hensonshed light on the history and stigma of mental health in the black community at Variety’sPower of WomenNY presented by Lifetime.

Henson received the honor on Friday for her work with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. “Our vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health in the black community by breaking the silence and breaking a cycle of shame. We were taught to hold our problems close to the vest out of fear of being labeled and further demonized as weak, or inadequate,” said Henson. Breaking down in tears, she called the state of mental health for black people a “national crisis.”

“My dad is one of the reasons I started this foundation, and my son, and my neighbor, and my friends, my community, our children is why I keep going,” she said. The actress named the foundation after her…

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