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In order to honor her late father, actress Taraji P. Henson has just launched a new foundation to help end the mental health stigma in the black community.

People reported that Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation which is named after her father. Boris Lawrence Henson passed away in 2006 at the age of 58.

Henson shared,

“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 added,

“My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support,” Taraji added. “I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships to African American students majoring in mental health and to provide support in urban schools. The foundation will provide therapists, social workers, and counselors for the African American youth.

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