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On Saturday, actress Taraji P. Henson launched her new foundation the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which is meant to raise awareness and provide support for mental health in the black community.

She said, “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.”

The goals of the foundation are to offer support to students in urban schools, increase the number of black mental health professionals by offering scholarships for college students pursuing that field, and decrease the rate at which individuals go back to prison by offering mental health support after they are released.

In a statement about the foundation, Henson said, “BLHF is breaking the silence by speaking out and encouraging others to share their challenges with mental illness and get the help they need. African-Americans have regarded such communication as a sign of weakness and our vision is to change that perception… Together, we will break the silence and break the cycle.”

Read the rest of the article in The Mighty here. To read more about the foundation, go here.

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