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Taraji P. Henson is being honored for her work as a mental health advocate, particularly in the Black community. Taraji, who has been open about her mental health struggles, created The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her father, who suffered from PTSD after serving in Vietnam.
Taraji received an award from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, which funds “depression research. Taraji’s videotaped acceptance speech was exclusively debuted by People. She said that mental health is not talked about in the Black community and that she hopes to normalize how we talk about mental health. Below are a few excerpts:
“We’ve been taught that we should pray our problems away,” she says. “We’ve been taught to hold our problems close to the vest out of fear of being labeled weak or inadequate.”
Henson, who spoke about her personal journey with PTSD and depression when she was named one of PEOPLE’s Women Changing the World in 2019, is being honored for the campaign she started in April to help the Black community access free, virtual therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Henson, 50, launched the campaign through The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which she named in …read more