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Actress Taraji P. Henson launches the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her father to bring light and solve issues dealing with mental health within the black community. The foundation will give African American students who are interested in working in mental health fields, scholarship opportunities, and offer mental health services to youth in low-income areas, along with finding ways to eradicate the generational disposition of mental illness for African-American men and women.
Henson’s father fought for the United States in the Vietnam War eventually returning to the home with little to no emotional support and or ways to cope with his traumatizing experiences which in turn caused mental health issues. He passed in 2006 from liver cancer. “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. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”
The official launch of the organization will take place September 22nd, 2018 in Los Angeles, California as a fundraiser event, Taraji’s Boutique of Hope. Funds raised for the foundation will go towards provide resources to increase mental health support in urban schools. BLHF also has plans to partner with school districts to allocate mental health therapists, social workers and counselors to African-American children in need.
Visit the BLHF website for more information and updates,www.borislhensonfoundation.org and let JaGurl TV know what you think of Taraji’s efforts to help her community in the comments!