Taraji P. Henson Creates Mental Health Foundation In Honor of Late Father Boris Henson

Fighting the stigmas of mental health issues in the black community Henson carries on her late father's legacy.


The conversation about mental health and wellness has become less taboo and more mainstream in recent years. With celebrities and public figures becoming more transparent with their battles surrounding mental health, the sore subject for most is more palatable than it used to be, particularly in the black community.

Taraji P. Henson is spearheading the conversation by starting her foundation in honor of her late father Boris Henson, a Vietnam War veteran who suffered from mental health issues.

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) will partner with other organizations within the realm of mental health and wellness to destigmatize, educate and provide services to those in the black community.

“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,” she said in a statement.“My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support,” Henson continued. “I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African-Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are Black.”

It is no secret that our veterans don’t get the adequate help they deserve after serving their country, and the same can be said about the black community. Fortunately, in today’s society and with the help of proper resources, we can serve those in need to finally normalize the common problem we face, including our mental health. Henson plans to unveil the foundation with a special fundraiser “Taraji’s Boutique of Hope” taking place September 22nd. The fundraiser’s many objectives include funding one of the foundation’s pillars, providing adequate resources for increasing mental health awareness and support in urban schools.

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