Taraji Henson Launches Foundation to Address Black Mental Health

Actress Taraji P. Henson recently honored her father by creating the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation.

Actress Taraji P. Henson recently honored her father by creating the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation.

By MCNS Staff

Actress Taraji P. Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in Beverly Hills, California this past month in honor of her late father to help eradicate the stigma which surrounds mental health issues in the African-American community.

The foundation is named after Henson’s father who dealt with mental health issues following his time serving in the Vietnam War. The award winning actress also hosted a special fundraising event in Beverly Hills this past month for her Boutique of Hope, thus raising funds in order to provide resources to increase mental health support in urban schools.

“I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues,” said Taraji P. Henson to the L.A. Sentinel. “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are Black.”

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