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Mental illness doesn’t discriminate against race, color, creed, financial status, religion or gender.
Taraji understands that and this is how she plans to make a difference!
Launching her very own non-profit organization, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, Taraji wants to lift the “taboo” in the African American community regarding mental health.
“…we don’t talk about it in our community…it’s looked upon as a weakness or we’re demonized for expressing rage for traumas we’ve been through…”
The cause hits home for two reasons. Her son and her late father.
“…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. My dad fought in The Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they’re black…”
The foundation will also fight to increase diversity in the psychiatry field.
When her son’s father was murdered back in 2003, Taraji struggled with finding a psychiatrist for him that he could…
“…trust, someone that looks like him and could understand his struggle…It was like looking for a unicorn, and the reason that happens is because we don’t talk about it in our community…”
On Saturday Taraji…
“invited guests to purchase her personal dresses, shoes and purses in a special LA fundraising event.”
The money raised accomplished the foundation’s first mission…
“…bringing art to the bathrooms of inner city schools to help combat depression, bullying and suicide.”
Because school restrooms are notorious for fights and bullying situations…
“…I thought that was a great thing to do to flip it. You go there to get your head together and instead of seeing hate stuff or whatever madness kids put in there, we decided to turn it into art.”
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