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In 2006, ’Taraji P. Henson father, Boris Lawrence Henson, passed away from cancer. He was a Vietnam veteran who has seen traumatic things during his tour of war. Mr. Henson suffered openly from mental health issues and had even attempted at one point to take his own life. Throughout all of the scary times, he remained transparent with his family about his struggles.

This past weekend, Taraji P. Henson escaped her filled-to-the-brim schedule for a life-saving cause in his name. The actress spent three days in her native Washington D.C. to make a testimony on Capitol Hill about the suicide crisis among Black youth. She then followed up with the first ever “Can We Talk?” conference – bringing together counselors, psychiatrists, patients and everyone alike. Workshops tackled everything from “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome” to “Approach to Mental Health In The Black Church” went to the root of our issue

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