Via Madamenoire:

On Thursday Empire actress Taraji P. Henson announced the launch of a 2-day mental health summit in her hometown of Washington, D.C., to call attention to the importance of mental health awareness in the Black community.

The inaugural “Can We Talk?” conference and benefit dinner will take place on June 7-9 in Washington, D.C, according to PEOPLE.

The summit will be thrown in conjunction with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named in honor of Henson’s father who suffered from bouts of depression due to his time served in the Vietnam War.

It is a subject that the actress knows firsthand. Henson has also battled her own personal demons. She began the foundation in 2018 after realizing the difficulty in accessing mental health care providers.

Due to outlining factors including racism, income inequality and lack of access to efficient health care, Black communities and communities of color are oftentimes overlooked in the mental health conversation

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