Actress and Empire fan favorite Taraji P. Henson is letting everyone know there is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to mental health. Henson took a moment to speak to E! News while attending an event for her non-profit organization, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. which focuses on black mental health.
The foundation was created in honor of Henson's father, who suffered from PTSD after serving his country in the Vietnam War.
Henson told E! News:
There's nothing to be ashamed of. Are you ashamed of a broken ankle? Are you ashamed of having to get a root canal?
She also pointed out that the African-American community needs to be more vigilant about discussing mental health:
[It's] passed down through the generations, you have to be strong. It's weak if you speak upon a mental illness, or it's demonized. That's not healthy.
Taraji P. Henson launches nonprofit organization for black mental health. https://t.co/Y4YuE4zY8Q https://t.co/agfjITPJf2— Complex (@Complex)1537724051.0
Unfortunately, some folks couldn't get past the organization helping the African-American community.
@Complex Why can’t whites and all other humans benefit ? Such racist retaliation.— Y A W (@Y A W)1537821027.0
@Complex But, why not just.. mental health.— D. (@D.)1537750202.0
@Complex Can i launch the same thing but for white mental health or would that be racist?— Maik Hamann (@Maik Hamann)1537724668.0
This nonsense was quickly shut down.
@Complex The white people who don’t get around in this thread piss me off. Stop saying it’s a double standard. Whit… https://t.co/ZksmwyMOx4— Eel-on Mu$cc (@Eel-on Mu$cc)1537825510.0
@Dan_1G1 @Complex That exact reason. Black families aren’t as forthcoming when it comes to seeking professional hel… https://t.co/X8Ak8WjmZH— Fougueux Vierge (@Fougueux Vierge)1537764800.0
@Complex People in the comments like “why black?” As if it’s effective to only focus on the larger branch of an iss… https://t.co/r8sHQ23hVY— Eliyah M. ✨ (@Eliyah M. ✨)1537792002.0
@Complex @kkubricks To people in here saying it's a double standard, yall should do some research or study actual p… https://t.co/7snY7yNxsx— 😈🔪 𝓶𝓪𝓻𝓲𝓮 (@😈🔪 𝓶𝓪𝓻𝓲𝓮)1537808927.0
For everyone else, there was nothing but gratitude.
@Complex Black women really out here saving the world one day at a time— Chill Bill (@Chill Bill)1537818189.0
@Complex Queen❤️— ChampagnePapi🇺🇸🇬🇭🇳🇬 (@ChampagnePapi🇺🇸🇬🇭🇳🇬)1537817289.0
@Complex @drivenbeauty THIS!!! ❤️❤️❤️— Caitlin Elliott (@Caitlin Elliott)1537725293.0
@Complex God bless u @TherealTaraji— 👑Queen Crissyboo👑 (@👑Queen Crissyboo👑)1537769570.0
@Complex Respect Queen @TherealTaraji— RJ (@RJ)1537747408.0
@Complex Yes! We need this❤❤— 🌴Bethany🌴 (@🌴Bethany🌴)1537733483.0
@Complex That’s awesome! God bless Taraj for doing this! We need more people to care with effortlessly.— SophistiKated24 (@SophistiKated24)1537803103.0
@Complex @TherealTaraji thank you for doing this,— Moses Nyagota (@Moses Nyagota)1537726723.0
@Complex @TherealTaraji thank you for this! It’s exactly what we need more of! Blessings ❣️🦋🌱— LeMeech (@LeMeech)1537801265.0
And that's how you get it done.
@Complex @AbdoulKadrOuatt https://t.co/GvCsOuXqqk— Alpins Warren☮ (@Alpins Warren☮)1537807096.0