Taraji P. Henson Has Founded This New Mental Health Association for African Americans

Taraji P. Henson Has Founded This New Mental Health Association for African Americans

The foundation will provide support to nonprofit organizations, and work to eliminate stigma.

It’s inescapable: mental health issues affect people from all walks of life. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health African Americans face a heavier load when it comes to suffering from serious some conditions.

African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems such as PTSD, depression and suicide.

Why? A lot of this can be linked to a lack of access to the right supportive resources in many communities that can effectively prevent and treat mental illness. The gap has also been attributed to the increased exposure to violence some African Americans face. Systemic problems such as the continual stresses of living in poverty, also come into play.

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So, where’s the good? Actress Taraji P. Henson has just launched The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. It’s a nonprofit organization formed to encourage African-Americans to talk about mental health issues. The Foundation’s vision is to “eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community.

Henson says she started the idea in memory of her father, who suffered from mental health issues for years following his time spent serving in the American military in Vietnam. The actress says she is hoping to help others break the cycle of mental illness.

For more on the organization, click here.

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