Taraji P. Henson Wants People to Talk About Mental Health

William Kellogg
June 12, 2019

The superstar actress has come out to say that she wants more people to talk about mental health.

Taraji, a renowned actress popular for her role in the blockbuster movie “Acrimony” presently struggles with depression and anxiety, and she has said that more measures need to be taken to support people who are battling h mental health, because of the alarming rate at which people commit suicide, and this is unacceptable.

Mrs. Henson said: ”the suicide rate has skyrocketed. To my total surprise, even 5-year-olds are thinking of committing suicide. This is not right, and something must be done to curb it.”

“A word that a five-year-old should not understand has become what they use regularly.”

”We never set ourselves down to talk about mental health, we neglect it as though it’s a normal phenomenon. For years, all we hear is “it’s a weakness, all we have to do is pray our problems away” – but this is that’s just not going to cut it.

”I’m just one voice. We need to contribute our part to this course. If we can teach children about sex education and physical education, why can’t we teach them about mental health?  Because this is where we can start to tackle this gruesome issue: with our children.”

The actress who also starred in the award-winning series “empire” says she believed she has  ”found a purpose” which is helping other people around her and beyond get the care they need and deserve to keep their mental health in good condition, and admits she struggled to get the right help at first.

She further said: ”I now have this feeling that I’ve finally found my purpose. During my battling period, it was difficult to get a therapist. It was like looking for a white unicorn with an 18-carat-gold-horn. Well, that could have sounded like a joke, but trust me when I say, it was that serious. The main reason we don’t have many psychiatrists of color, or psychologists of color, or therapists of color, is because we seldom talk about these issues in our homes.”

Coupled with openly speaking out about her struggle, Mrs. Henson set up the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation last year, and she named it after her father, who he died in 2005, the foundation, which aims to help people tackle and eradicate the stigma around mental health.

Additionally, the “what men want” lead act says she wants to use her foundation to continue lending a voice to those out who are out there and are suffering in silence.

In an interview with The People magazine, she said: ”I always feel that if an individual or a personality you could confide in would come forward to say, ‘Hey, you there, I have suffered too you know- that would make others feel safe. I’ve had a few friends call me and say, ‘voila, thank you so much, you have been such a motivation, you have no idea what I have been going through.’

William Kellogg

William Kellogg is a veteran writer who's covered the subject of the intersection of technology, health and mental wellness for nearly two decades.

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