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Taraji P. Henson Launches Foundation To Eradicate Stigma Around Mental Health Issues In The Black Community

Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson launched The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) in honor of her late father in order to help eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community and provide support for and bring awareness to mental health issues that plague this community.

“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,” said Henson. “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are Black.”

To celebrate the foundation’s launch, the star will host a special fundraising event in Beverly Hills, CA on Saturday, September 22. Taraji’s Boutique of Hope will introduce BLHF to the world and will raise funds to support one of the foundation’s pillar goals of advocating for and providing resources to increase mental health support in urban schools. With partnering school districts, BLHF will help to provide more culturally competent mental health therapists, social workers, and counselors to African-American children in need.

“BLHF is breaking the silence by speaking out and encouraging others to share their challenges with mental illness and get the help they need,” said BLHF Executive Director Tracie Jenkins. “African-Americans have regarded such communication as a sign of weakness and our vision is to change that perception.”

BLHF will partner with other nonprofit organizations who offer programs that educate, celebrate, and make visible the positive impact of mental health wellness. Through these partnerships, the foundation will ensure cultural competency in caring for African Americans who struggle with mental illness by providing scholarships to African-American students who seek a career in the mental health field; offer mental health services and programs to young people in urban schools; and combat recidivism within the prison system.

For more information about BLHF, please visit www.borislhensonfoundation.org.

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2 comments

nagusi August 25, 2018 at 11:16 pm

Eso que dice q los catalanes somos muy solidarios con los enfermos no lo voy a contradecir pero pondría un matiz yo añadiría con los enfermos mentales Y si el. Enfermo mental nos propone la milonga que dice que somos más q nadie por haber nacido en Cataluña sin más entonces nos volvemos enfermos mentales también Si ademas nos dice q por esa gracia nos tienen que mantener para q podamos vivir de PM Ya alucinamos nos vestimos de amarillo nosotros y todo el mobiliario urbano y ale! 😐Echamos la casa por la ventana y a gastar sin ton ni son Ya vendrán otros a mantenernos

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walter stawicki August 26, 2018 at 6:52 pm

I will not condone those who scream “rich…” and dismiss your heartful work or those who scream “all the stigmatized matter.” I can only wish you success and that others will take tup he cause with you. We have now a prison strike over many issues. Perhaps the most important is life and death, health of those incarcerated and bullied or killed by staff, refused treatment because “they all lie” or because of the the fantasy that men lie on the floor and froth at the mouth just to get attention. This is what stigma means behind bars! Life or death. In the streets it means that too. So if you can reduce the stigma in your community, get one family to no be too ashamed to seek help, on sufferer to accept they need help, help one man quit the macho front that is most likely to kill him in the streets… if you can, you do a service far wider than just your community. Injustices to one are to all, stigma on one is stigma on all.

Fight on, please, never stop.

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