As the conversation surrounding mental health in the black community continues to grow, celebrities are also sharing their personal experiences in record numbers.
Actress Taraji P. Henson is the latest A-lister to open the dialogue courtesy of her new foundation to honor her late father who suffered from his own mental health issues.
In an exclusive with PEOPLE, Taraji P. Henson details her hopes to end the stigma surrounding mental health in the African American community and her first step is the launch of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her late father who died in 2006 at the young age of 58.
A few of the foundation’s objectives include: providing scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health, offering mental health services to youth in urban schools and working to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women. While speaking about why she chose to name the foundation after her father, Henson said “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.”
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