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Taraji P Henson launches mental health foundation

PICTURED: Taraji P Henson

IN HONOUR of her later father, who suffered from mental health illnesses, Taraji P Henson has set up the Boris Lawrence Foundation.

The organisation will provide scholarships to African American students majoring in mental health and offer mental health services to youth in urban schools.

As well as challenging the stigmas concerning black experiences, Henson aims to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women.

Speaking about her latest passion project, Henson said: “I named the organisation 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.”

Mr Henson lost his battle with liver cancer in 2006 at 58 years old. “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support,” she said.

“I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”

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