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Actress wants to bring attention to a cause that is near and dear to her heart — mental health. On Thursday, the Empire star announced that a two-day conference addressing mental illness will be held June 7 through 9 in Washington, D.C.

The event will be hosted by the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which Henson founded last year, according to People.

The “Can We Talk” summit will include a conference and benefit dinner as well as provide an opportunity for an exchange of ideas that seek to normalize the conversation of mental illness in the African-American community.

Some 350 to 400 therapists, specialists and policy makers will come together and work to identify what they believe to be barriers to mental health treatment in the African-American community, the Can We Talk site said. Discussions will also revolve around how to end the stigma associated with mental health issues, as well as provide resource options for those who need help.

“Mental illness is a huge issue in the black community. The suicide rate of young people has doubled in the last 15 years, this is a national crisis,” Henson said, People reported.

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