Taraji P Henson created a virtual therapy campaign for the black communities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The Empire star aims to help people deal with the toll this virus has taken on the lives of families.
Henson has long been an advocate for mental health. She named her foundation (Boris Lawrence Henson) after her father, who suffered from mental health challenges after the Vietnam war. The foundation is sponsoring her latest campaign which she unveiled on Instagram Wednesday.
“In the African-American community, we’ve been taught to tough it out, hide our suffering, but this is something none of us have ever experienced, and no one should suffer in silence,” Henson said on Instagram.
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The company’s website states, the “COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign” will work to ensure that “individuals with life-changing stressors and anxiety related to the coronavirus will have the cost for up to five (5) individual sessions defrayed on a first come, first serve basis until all funds are committed or exhausted.” This is in light of the Black communities that disproportionately suffer from the pandemic. Virtual therapy services are set to begin on April 15. Text Nostigma to 707070 to donate.
On a lighter note, Henson, who was a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Home Edition’ on Wednesday evening, spoke about how much “life and joy” she has after Fallon shared that fans are dubbing her iconic movie lines on Tik Tok. The ‘Hidden Figures’ actress is also keeping busy by providing hair and beauty tutorials online.
Watch Taraji P Henson in ‘Coffee & Kareem’ currently streaming on Netflix.
The Boris Lawrence Henson foundation, according to its website, is “committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging those who suffer with this debilitating illness to get the help they need.”
By BSM Team
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